When things (in the vegetable world) have displayed their luxuriant growth, we see each of them return to its root.
When reconciling great hatred there will some remain. How can it be made good? Therefore the wise man accepts the debit side of the account and does not have to enforce payment from others.
When a person puts on a show, trying to appear great, their mediocrity is soon exposed.
When gold and jade fill the hall, their possessor cannot keep them safe.
When the work is done, and one's name is becoming distinguished, to withdraw into obscurity is the way of Heaven.
When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.
When its work is accomplished, it does not claim the name of having done it.
When it once has that name, (men) can know to rest in it. When they know to rest in it, they can be free from all risk of failure and error.
When one knows that he is his mother's child, and proceeds to guard (the qualities of) the mother that belong to him, to the end of his life he will be free from all peril.