January 19th, 2013

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 9

9.1 To keep on filling is not as good as stopping.
9.2 Calculated sharpness cannot be kept for long.
9.3 Though gold and jewels fill their house, no one can keep them.
9.4 When the rich upper classes are haughty, their legacy indicts them.
9.5 When one' work is accomplished honorably, to retire is the Way of heaven.
 
Thomas leary Translation