When one gives undivided attention to the (vital) breath, and brings it to the utmost degree of pliancy, he can become as a (tender) babe.
When things (in the vegetable world) have displayed their luxuriant growth, we see each of them return to its root.
When gold and jade fill the hall, their possessor cannot keep them safe.
When the best leader's work is done the people say, "We did it ourselves."
When wealth and honours lead to arrogancy, this brings its evil on itself.
When the people of the world all know beauty as beauty, there arises the recognition of ugliness. When they all know the good as good, there arises the recognition of evil.
When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.
Whatever is flexible and living will tend to grow; whatever is rigid and blocked will wither and die.