People Who Nurture Virtue


One who stands on tiptoe cannot stand firmly.
One who strides cannot walk far.
One who flaunts himself is not illuminated.
One who insists that he is right is self-righteous.
One who boasts of his accomplishments undoes his merit.
One who takes pride in himself impedes his own growth.

These things are normally detested by
people who nurture virtue and the truthfulness of life,
for they do not set their eyes and hearts
upon anything that is equal to
“the greed for excessive food
which fosters morbid growth.”
Thus, such things are not agreeable to them.

source: Lao Tzu, Tao Teh Ching
image: Eddie Two Hawks, Eddie’s Garden, May 2015


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