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Chapter 03 – Not exalting the gifted prevents quarreling

Not exalting the gifted prevents quarreling.
Not collecting treasures prevents stealing.
Not seeing desirable things prevents
confusion of the heart.

The wise therefore rule by emptying hearts
and stuffing bellies, by weakening ambitions
And strengthening bones.
If men lack knowledge and desire, then clever
people will not try to interfere.
If nothing is done, then all will be well.

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5 Responses to “Chapter 03 – Not exalting the gifted prevents quarreling”

  1. chowpawpaw says:

    Have not = Want not

  2. Chew says:

    The path lies at a balance of opposites

  3. bobby says:

    the exalted light will see but dares not want

    • Agus says:

      It amazes me how the csuroe changed in later years. I have copies from 1961 and 1967 that eschews the stick figures for gesture drawings and solid form volumes. Very similar but not quite the same. You can see examples in the extremely cheap (a bargain at $7.95!) Famous Artists Course How to Draw the Human Figure or The Figure by Walt Reed (the book is made up of Famous Artists material.)


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