Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Tao chapter 9

Stretch a bow[1] to the very full,And you will wish you had stopped in time;Temper a sword-edge to its very sharpest,And you will find it soon grows dull When bronze and jade fill your hall It can no longer be guarded. Wealth and place breed insolence That brings ruin in its train. When your work is done,then withdraw!Such is Heaven‘s[2] Way. [1] the expression used can also apply to filling a vessel to the brim;but’stretching a bow‘makes a better parallel to’sharpening a sword‘。  [2] as opposed to the Way of man 

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