February 23rd, 2013

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Fame or self: Which matters more?
Self or wealth: Which is more precious?
Gain or loss: Which is more painful?

He who is attached to things will suffer much.
He who saves will suffer heavy loss.
A contented man is never disappointed.
He who knows when to stop does not find himself in trouble.
He will stay forever safe.
What's more important,
fame or your well-being?
What's worth more,
your money or your life?
What is more dangerous,
winning or losing?

If you are too attached
to your possessions,
they will bring you misery.
If you hang on to your riches,
you will suffer substantial loss.
If you know when you have enough,
you will never be disgraced.
If you practice moderation,
you can stay out of trouble.

And that's the secret to lasting success.

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

Chapter 44

44.1 Which is closer, your name or your body?
       Which is more, your body or your possessions?
       Which is more destructive, gain or loss?
44.2 Extreme fondness means great expense,
       and abundant possessions mean much loss.
44.3 If you know when you have enough,
       you will not be disgraced.
       If you know when to stop,
       you will not be endangered.
       It is possible thereby to live long.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation