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|When superior students hear of the Way
|They strive to practice it.
|When middling students hear of the Way
|They sometimes keep it and sometimes lose it.
|When inferior students hear of the Way
|They have a big laugh.
|But “not laughing” in itself is not sufficient to be called the Way, and therefore it is said:
|The sparkling Way seems dark
|Advancing in the Way seems like regression.
|Settling into the Way seems rough.
|True virtue is like a valley.
|The immaculate seems humble.
|Extensive virtue seems insufficient.
|Established virtue seems deceptive.
|The face of reality seems to change.
|The great square has no corners.
|Great ability takes a long time to perfect.
|Great sound is hard to hear.
|The great form has no shape.
|The Way is hidden and nameless.
|This is exactly why the Way is good at developing and perfecting.