Yield and retain integrity


Yield and retain integrity.
Bend and become straight.
Be hollow and become filled.
Be exhausted and become renewed.
Have little and gain much.
Have excess and become confused.

Therefore the master holds to the one
and serves as shepherd to the world.

He who does not show off has distinction.
He who does not reveal himself shines forth.
He who does not assert himself has merit.
He who does not praise himself endures.

He does not compete,
so no one competes with him.

When the ancient masters said yield and retain integrity,
their words were close to the mark.

He retains integrity.

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