When the court is arrayed in splendor, The fields are full of weeds, And the granaries are empty. Some wear gorgeous clothes, Carry sharp swords, And indulge in food and drink; They have more possessions than they can use. They are robber barons. This is certainly not the way of Tao.
When men lost their understanding of the Tao, intelligence came along, bringing hypocrisy with it.
Whatever is flexible and living will tend to grow; whatever is rigid and blocked will wither and die.
When two great forces oppose each other, the victory will go to the one that knows how to yield.
When the work is done, and one's name is becoming distinguished, to withdraw into obscurity is the way of Heaven.
When the intelligent and animal souls are held together in one embrace, they can be kept from separating.