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The naturalist, individualist and politic doctrine of Lao-tse exhibited in 81 poetic and obscure texts. Tr. Waley (en), Lau (en), Julien (fr) and Wilhelm (de).

Daodejing I. 9.

Section Dao – Chapter IX

Stretch a bow to the very full,
And you will wish you had stopped in time;
Temper a sword-edge to its very sharpest,
And you will find it soon grows dull.
When bronze and jade fill your hall.
It can no longer be guarded.
Wealth and place breed insolence.
That brings ruin in its train.
When your work is done, then withdraw!
Such is Heaven's Way.

Waley 9

持容器去盛水, 太满了就要溢出来, 因此要时刻而止。刀磨得太锋利, 就容易折断。
金玉满堂, 不能永保。生活糜烂, 自取灭亡。人在成功以後, 要急流勇退, 这才合于天下之道 ―― 生而不有, 为而不恃, 功成而弗居。


Rather than fill it to the brim by keeping it upright
Better to have stopped in time;
Hammer it to a point
And the sharpness cannot be preserved for ever;
There may be gold and jade to fill a hall
But there is none who can keep them.
To be overbearing when one has wealth and position
Is to bring calamity upon oneself.
To retire when the task is accomplished
Is the way of heaven.

Lau 9

Il vaut mieux ne pas remplir un vase que de vouloir le maintenir (lorsqu'il est plein).
Si l'on aiguise une lame, bien qu'on l'explore avec la main, on ne pourra la conserver constamment (tranchante).
Si une salle est remplie d'or et de pierres précieuses, personne ne pourra les garder.
Si l'on est comblé d'honneurs et qu'on s'enorgueillisse, on s'attirera des malheurs.
Lorsqu'on a fait de grandes choses et obtenu de la réputation, il faut se retirer à l'écart.
Telle est la voie du ciel.

Julien 9

Etwas festhalten wollen und dabei es überfüllen:
das lohnt der Mühe nicht.
Etwas handhaben wollen und dabei es immer scharf halten:
das läßt sich nicht lange bewahren.
Mit Gold und Edelsteinen gefüllten Saal
kann niemand beschützen.
Reich und vornehm und dazu hochmütig sein:
das zieht von selbst das Unglück herbei.
Ist das Werk vollbracht, dann sich zurückziehen:
das ist des Himmels SINN.

Wilhelm 9

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