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Daodejing Chapter 36: subtle enlightenment

Daodejing Chapter 36: subtle enlightenment

「將欲歙之,必固張之;將欲弱之,必固強之;將欲廢之,必固舉之;將欲奪之,必固與之;是謂微明。柔勝剛,弱勝強。魚不可脫於淵,國之利器,不可以示人!」
If you want to shrink something, you must first stretch it.
If you want to weaken something, you must first strengthen it.
If you want to destroy something, you must first raise it up.
If you want to take something, you must first give it.
This is called subtle enlightenment.
The soft and weak overcome the hard and strong.
Fish cannot leave deep water;
A state must not make a show of strength.
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Daodejing Chapter 16: knowing the constant

Daodejing constant

致虛極,守靜篤。萬物並作,吾以觀復。夫物芸芸,各復歸其根,歸根曰靜,是謂復命。復命曰常,知常曰明。不知常,妄作凶。知常容、容乃公,公乃全,全乃天,天乃道,道乃久,沒身不殆。
Reach perfect emptiness;
Maintain perfect stillness.
All things emerge,
I observe them return.
All things grow and flourish,
Each one returns to its root.
Returning to the root is called stillness;
This is what is called regaining to your destiny.
Regaining your destiny is called the constant.
Knowing the constant is called serenity.
Not knowing the constant leads to recklessness and violence.
Knowing the constant leads to tolerance;
Tolerance leads to impartiality;
Impartiality leads to enlightenment;
Enlightenment leads to Heaven;
Heaven leads to the Dao.
The Dao leads to resilience,
And to living out your days free from danger.
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Daodejing Chapter 9: reaching your natural limit

「持而盈之,不如其已;揣而銳之,不可長保;金玉滿堂,莫之能守;富貴而驕,自遺其咎。功成身退,天之道」
Holding a cup until it is filled to the brim,
Is not as good as stopping in time;
Hammering a blade until it is sharp,
Will not preserve its edge for long.
When your hall is stuffed with gold and jade,
Nobody will be able to protect it.
When riches and honors lead to arrogance;
Disaster will inevitably follow.
When you retire accomplishing your goal;
This is the Dao of Heaven.
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