Near Herculane, Romania, 2011
Those who know the Tao do not brag.
Those who brag do not know the Tao.
Put senses and desires under control.
Blunt the sharpness of the powerful,
and untangle the knot of the powerless;
soften the glare of the noble,
and stay with the humble.
This is the state of being one with the Tao.
Those obtaining this state
cannot be got closer or drifted apart,
benefited or harmed,
ennobled or humiliated.
Thus, they are truly respected by the people.
(Tao The Ching, chapter 56)
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