Since the world points up beauty as such,
There is ugliness too.
If goodness is taken as goodness, Wickedness enters as well.
For is and is-not come together;
Hard and easy are complementary;
Long and short are relative;
High and low are comparative;
Pitch and sound make harmony;
Before and after are a sequence.
Indeed the Wise Man’s office
Is to work by being still
He teaches not by speech
But by accomplishment;
He does for everything, Neglecting none;
Their life he gives to all, Possessing none;
And what he brings to pass
Depends on no one else.
As he succeeds, He takes no credit
And just because he does not take it, Credit never leaves him.