Do not speak of others’ shortcomings,
Nor mention your own merits.
Expect no return for what you give,
Nor forget the kindness you have received.
What is there to envy about worldly fame?
Seek only the principle of self-discipline.
Conceal your intentions before acting upon them;
Remain unaffected by slander or criticism.
Do not let your reputation exceed you;
Sages admire the fact that still water runs deep.
Remain uninfluenced when emerged in black;
Let a dim appearance hide your splendor.
Soft and weak is the way to survive,
Laozi had thus admonished against the hard and strong.
Acts of the latter are that of mediocre minds,
As time goes by, the trouble deepens immeasurably.
Speak with caution and control what you eat,
Contentment defeats misfortune,
If one acts with persistence,
Eventually there will be fragrance in life.
── from Quan Song Ci (Complete Collection of Song Poems)