Thus it was that when faith (in the Tao) was deficient (in the rulers) a want of faith in them ensued (in the people).
Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.
The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus long is because they do not live of, or for, themselves.
Not showing themselves, they shine forth. Not justifying themselves, they're self-evident. Not praising themselves, they're accomplished. Not competing, they have in all the world no competitor.
He who vaunts himself does not find his merit acknowledged.
To know and yet (think) we do not know is the highest (attainment); not to know (and yet think) we do know is a disease.