He constantly (tries to) keep them without knowledge and without desire, and where there are those who have knowledge, to keep them from presuming to act (on it).
Perfection is the willingness to be imperfect.
The Wise Man is square but not sharp, honest but not not malign, straight but not severe, bright but not dazzling.
He who has little can only gain, but gain too much and the way will be lost.
If I were suddenly to become known, and (put into a position to) conduct (a government) according to the Great Tao, what I should be most afraid of would be a boastful display.
Earth rendered thereby firm and sure.
If you want to lead them you must place yourself behind them.
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
Not asserted, therefore known, Not boasted of, therefore of worth, Not contentious, so enduring. It's because the wise do not contend, That no one can contend with them.
If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
As the soft yield of water cleaves obstinate stone, So to yield with life solves the insolvable: To yield, I have learned, is to come back again.
All in the world know the beauty of the beautiful, and in doing this they have (the idea of) what ugliness is.