When all know beauty is beautiful,
This is ugly.
When all know virtue is virtuous,
This is sin.
Therefore, having and not having arise as one:
The difficult and easy;
The long and short;
The high and low–
These join together as one.
Many tones arise as one voice;
Many moments arise as one time.
The smart man acts with stillness,
And teaches with silence.
When things arise, he lets them come,
When they disappear, he lets them go.
His job is finished, then forgotten–
Therefore it lasts forever.