May 23rd, 2010

Chapter 9

To hold things and to be proud of them is not as good as not to have them.
Because if one insists on an extreme, that extreme will not dwell long.
When a room is full of precious things, one will never be able to preserve them.
When one is wealthy, high ranking, and proud of himself, he invites misfortune.
When one's task is completed and his mission is fulfilled, he removes himself from his position.
This is indeed the way of Nature.   --- Chang Chung-yuan, 1975
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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.