If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.
An over sharpened sword cannot last long.
He will strike the blow, but will be on his guard against being vain or boastful or arrogant in consequence of it.
He who goes on acting with energy has a (firm) will.
The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.
Nature never hurries, yet everything is accomplished.
Who can (make) the muddy water (clear)?
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.
If you want to be noble, it is rooted in humility; If you want to be elevated, it is based on lowering yourself.
If you search everywhere, yet cannot find what you are seeking, it is because what you seek is already in your possession.
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.