||He who knows (the Dao) does not (care to) speak (about it); he
who is (ever ready to) speak about it does not know
He (who knows
it) will keep his mouth shut and close the portals
(of his nostrils).
|One who knows does not talk. One who talks does not know. Therefore the sage
keeps his mouth shut and his sense-gates closed.
The one who knows does not speak; the one who speaks does not know. The wise
man shuts his mouth and closes his gates.
He will blunt his sharp points and unravel the complications of things; he will
attemper his brightness, and bring himself into agreement
with the obscurity (of others). This is called 'the
"He will blunt his own sharpness, His own tangles adjust; He will dim his own
radiance, And be one with his dust." This is called profound identification.
He softens his sharpness, unravels his tangles, dims his brilliancy, and reckons
himself with the mysterious.
||(Such an one) cannot be treated familiarly or distantly; he is
beyond all consideration of profit or injury; of nobility or meanness:--he is
the noblest man under heaven.
|Thus he is inaccessible to love and also inaccessible to enmity. He is inaccessible
to profit and inaccessible to loss. He is also inaccessible
to favor and inaccessible to disgrace. Thus he becomes
He is inaccessible to favor or hate; he cannot be reached by profit or injury;
he cannot be honored or humiliated. Thereby he is
honored by all.