06 June 2011

Twenty-Four

One who stands on tiptoe is unsteady.
One who strides too hard cannot go far.

He who shines a light on himself is not enlightened.
He who asserts himself is not distinguished.
He who praises himself has no merit.
He who brags of his success will not last long.

Observers of Tao see these as spoiled food,
and pointless action – shunned even by the myriad creatures.

One who knows Tao does not abide them.