The dangers of excess

A timely warning against the dangers of excess: your greed will come back to bite you in the end. 

「名與身孰親?身與貨孰多?得與亡孰病?是故甚愛必大費,多藏必厚亡。知足不辱,知止不殆,可以長久!」
Fame or life: which matters more?
Life or material wealth: which is more valuable?
Loss or gain: which is worse?
Thus an excessive love for anything is bound to cost you dear in the end.
A vast hoard of wealth is bound to result in a heavy loss.
People who are contented will suffer no disgrace.
People who know when to stop will meet no harm.
As a result, they live a very long time.

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