Tao Te Ching
by LAO TSU
Translation by Gia Fu Feng


Twenty-Four

He who stands on tiptoe is not steady.
He who strides cannot maintain the pace.
He who makes a show is not enlightened.
He who is self-righteous is not respected.
He who boasts achieves nothing.
He who brags will not endure.
According to the followers of the Tao,
      "These are extra food and unnecessary luggage."
They do not bring happiness.
Therefore followers of the Tao avoid them.