The Disease of Desiring Beings

by waxnwings

What is dearer to you: your fame or your self?
Which is more important:
your self or your possessions?
Which brings more harm: attainment or loss?
If you hoard a lot, the waste will surely be great;
if you store up many things,
the loss will surely be great.

Therefore:
Those who know contentment will not be disgraced,
those who know when to stop will not be harmed:
they will live long as a result.

~ Tao Te Ching

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