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by Lao Tze

Printed in 1891 Tao Teh King (Tao Te Ching): Sacred Books of the East Vol. 39


1. The partial becomes complete; the crooked, straight; the empty,
full; the worn out, new. He whose (desires) are few gets them; he
whose (desires) are many goes astray.

2. Therefore the sage holds in his embrace the one thing (of
humility), and manifests it to all the world. He is free from
self-display, and therefore he shines; from self-assertion, and
therefore he is distinguished; from self-boasting, and therefore his
merit is acknowledged; from self-complacency, and therefore he
acquires superiority. It is because he is thus free from striving
that therefore no one in the world is able to strive with him.

3. That saying of the ancients that 'the partial becomes complete' was
not vainly spoken:—all real completion is comprehended under it.

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