Verse 9

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Better to stop early than fill too full.
Sharpen too much and the edge will not hold.
Amass great wealth and it cannot be protected.
Say too much and there will be confusion.
Pretending to know is a provocation.
Certainties will be attacked.
Reputation is the source of disrepute.

It is better not to straighten the crooked, mend the broken, fill the empty.
Shape confusion into answers and there will just be more questions.
Trouble arises from meddling.
Solutions create problems.
Try to improve the world and it will just get worse.
Abide peacefully.
Be sincere and caring.
Giving directions will obscure the Way.
Teach without attempting to reform.
Rest when the days work is done.

(Lao Tzu)


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