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善行无辙迹   A good traveler leaves no tracks.
善言无瑕谪   Good speech lacks faultfinding.
善数不用筹策   A good counter needs no calculator.
善闭无关楗而不可开   A well-shut door will stay closed without a latch.
善结无绳约而不可解   Skillful fastening will stay tied without knots.
是以圣人常善救人   It is in this manner that the sage is always skillful in elevating people.
故无弃人   Therefore she does not discard anybody.
常善救物   She is always skillful in helping things
故无弃物   Therefore she does not discard anything.
是谓袭明   This is called “the actualization of her luminosity.”
故善人者不善人之师   Hence, the good are the teachers of the not-so-good.
不善人者善人之资   And the not-so-good are the charges of the good.
不贵其师不爱其资   Not valuing your teacher or not loving your students:
虽智大迷   Even if you are smart, you are gravely in error.
是谓要妙   This is called Essential Subtlety.

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