When everyone sees beauty as beauty


When everyone sees beauty as beauty,
then ugliness arises.
When everyone sees good as good,
then evil arises.

Being and non-being generate each other.
Difficult and easy complement each other.
Long and short measure each other.
High and low support each other.
Tone and voice harmonize each other.
Front and back follow each other.

Therefore the master
manages without doing,
teaches without saying.
The master lets things arise,
but does not start them.
The master acts,
but does not expect.
The master accomplishes,
but does not claim credit.

It is accomplishment without claiming credit
that makes it last forever.

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