81 Chapter Translations & Interpretations

Chapter 09 – Better stop short than fill to the brim.

Better stop short than fill to the brim.
Over sharpen 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.

Support Author: Stephen Mitchell
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  1. MJ says:

    Quit while you’re ahead.

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