Taoteching 23

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The apprentice Gabhopper asked, "If your path is so beneficient, m'Lady, why aren't you shouting it from the rooftops?"

"Dear disciple," Xena answered, "when a sage's words are considered a treasure she could whisper them, and students eager to learn will incline their ear toward her. It is when words are foolish or unwanted that we hear them being trumpeted, and the less valuable they are the louder and more urgently they are pushed."

"But your teachings are timeless!" she objected. "If you don't preserve your words you will be considered a failure!"

"My path does not guarantee success nor does it protect from failure. But if your mind is placed in conformity with my path, success will not unduly excite you and failure will not unduly discourage you."

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