April 27th, 2011


Standing tiptoe a person loses balance,
Walking astride one has no pace,
Kindling oneself one fails to light,
Acquitting oneself one forfeits hearers,
Admiring oneself one does so alone.
Pride has never brought one greatness
But, according to the way of life,
Brings the ills that make one unfit,
Make one unclean in the eyes of  neighbors,
And a sane one will have none of them.

The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (The Witter Bynner version), Terebess Asia Online (TAO)


He who stands on tiptoe is not steady.
He who strides cannot maintain the pace.
He who makes a show is not enlightened.
He who is self-righteous is not respected.
He who boasts achieves nothing.
He who brags will not endure.
According to followers of the Tao, "These are extra food and unnecessary luggage."
They do not bring happiness.
therefore followers of the Tao avoid them.
Keep your feet firmly planted
unless you want to fall on your face.
Learn how to pace yourself
if you want to get anywhere.
Don't call attention to yourself
if you want people to notice your work.

Nobody respects people
who always have excuses.
Nobody gives credit to people
who always take it.
People who hype themselves
have nothing else to offer.

Think of being in touch with Tao
like eating at a buffet:
Take only what you need.
Save some for everybody else.

The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.