持而盈之,
不如其已﹔揣而銳之,
不可長保。
金玉滿堂,
莫之能守﹔富貴 而驕,
自遺其咎。
功遂身退,
天之道。

jiŭ

chí ér yíng zhī
bù rú qí yĭ ; chuăi ér ruì zhī
bù kĕ cháng băo
jīn yù măn táng
mò zhī néng shŏu ; fù guì ér jiāo
zì yí qí jiù
gōng suì shēn tuì
tiān zhī dào

9

Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people's approval
and you will be their prisoner.

Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.