The smart man travels without a trace,
Speaks without a sound,
Gives without account.
The door he shuts cannot be opened;
The knot he ties cannot be undone.
The smart man takes care of all men,
And abandons no one,
Takes care of all things,
And abandons nothing.
Who gives himself to the Way
Is like the block of wood that gives itself to the chisel:
Cut by cut, he is honed to perfection.
What is a good man, but a bad man’s teacher?
What is a bad man, but a good man’s charge?
Not honoring teachers, not cherishing charges,
The wise alone are perfectly blind.
It is the blind who see in blackness.