Daodejing 42

One originates in The Way
of the creative universe;
that one produces two;
two produces three;
three produces all that is.

All things leave behind
the obscurity from whence they come,
moving to embrace the brightness

into which they go,
harmonizing in
the breath of the void.

We wish for friends;
wish for achievement;
long for a place.

Leaders cannot have friends,
achievement, or place.

Some things lose by increasing;
others increase by losing.

What many have taught,
I also teach:

the strong
and violent
do not die

This is the center
of the teachings.


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