Translation: Tao Te King – Chapter 9. Building equality

Chapter 9. Building equality

It is best to refrain from pursuing riches.

Constant using and sharpening wears down even the most durable object.

If the house is full of jewels who guards them?

Riches and honor bring trouble and pride.

To retreat when the good deed is done and honor is approaching – behold the way of the heaven.


From original 1925 translation by Pekka Ervast with kind permission of Ruusu-Ristin Kirjallisuusseura ry.

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