September 22nd, 2009

goban
  • trevoke

9

Better to stop short than fill to the brim.
Oversharpen the blade, and the edge will soon blunt.
Amass a store of gold and jade, and no one can protect it.
Claim wealth and titles, and disaster will follow.
Retire when the work is done.
This is the way of heaven.
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If you drink too much, you get drunk.
The engine won't start
if you're always tinkering with it.

If you hoard wealth,
you fall into its clutches.
If you crave success,
hyou succumb to failure.

Do what you have to do,
then walk away.
Anything else will drive you nuts.
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The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.

Chapter nine: Being quiet

Brim-fill the bowl,
it will spill over,
Keep sharpening the blade,
you'll soon blunt it.

Nobody can protect
a house full of gold and jade.

Wealth, status, pride,
are their own ruin.
To do good, work well, and lie low
is the way of the blessing.

Ursula Le Guin, 1998