Daodejing 22

Part becomes whole;
crooked, straight;
empty, full;
the wrecked, new.

Those with few desires
get them;
those with many
do not.

For this reason those free
of themselves embrace oneness
and humbleness in the world.

Those free of themselves
are free from egotism.
Therefore, they shine;

they are free from showiness,
therefore are distinguished;

free from bragging,
therefore noticed;
free from self-complacency,
therefore, accomplished.

Because those free
of themselves
do not strive,
no one strives
against them.

In the old days it was said,
“The partial becomes complete.”

This is not a vain saying.


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