Verse 45
   
     

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The greatest achievement seems like falling short,
but its effects are beyond measure.
Being filled up feels like being emptied out,
but never like running dry.

Straightforwardness seems obscure.
Great skill seems clumsy.
Great intelligence seems foolish.
Great eloquence sounds like blathering.

Be calm, not cold - be calm, not hot.
Tranquil and equanimous - see order within chaos.


(Lao Tzu)

 


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