do your work, then quietly step back

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to fullness is not

as good as stopping

at the right




a blade causes its edge to be lost.

Line your home with treasures and you

won’t be able to defend it. Amass possessions,

establish positions, display your pride:

Soon enough disaster drives

you to your



This is the

way of heaven:

do your work, then

quietly step



from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 9

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