Daodejing 62.

The Way is the most honorable 

of things; to the virtuous,

it is more valuable than wealth.

 

The Way does good

even to the bad.

 

Following The Way brings honor;

even those who do not follow it

benefit from it.

 

So, when you see

the trappings of honor,

don’t look for your own reward;

following The Way is itself

the highest honor of all.

 

Why did people of old

honor The Way?

Because it can be got

by seeking for it, nothing

 

else required. Even the guilty

are forgiven in it.

 

That is why it is

the most valuable thing

anywhere.

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