Curl and you will be straight.
Keep empty and you will be filled.
Grow old and you will be renewed.
Have much and you will be confused.
And becomes a Pattern to all under Heaven.
He does not make a show of himself,
Hence he shines;
Does not justify himself,
Hence he becomes known;
Does not boast of his ability,
Hence he gets his credit;
Does not brandish his success,
Hence he endures;
Does not compete with anyone,
Hence no one can compete with him.
Indeed, the ancient saying: "Bend and you will remain
whole" is no idle word.
Nay, if you have really attained wholeness, everything
will flock to you.
Translated by John C. H. Wu