Tao Te Ching 81

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True words aren’t elaborate.

Elaborate words aren’t true.

Good people don’t argue.

People who argue aren’t good.

People who know aren’t full of facts.

People who are full of facts don’t know.

The sage doesn’t hoard.

She increases her treasure by

working for her fellow human beings.

She increases her abundance by

giving herself to them.

The way of heaven:

benefit all, harm none.

The way of the sage:

work for all, contend with none.