a man who boasts has no merit

person of tao


A man who

tiptoes can’t stand.

A man who straddles can’t

walk. A man who shows

off can’t shine.


A man

who justifies his

actions isn’t respected.

A man who boasts of his

achievements has no merit.

A man who brags will

not endure.


To a person

of tao, these things are

excess food and superfluous

behavior. Because nothing good

can come of them, he doesn’t

indulge in them.


The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 24


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