Those who stand on tiptoes
do not stand firmly.
Those who rush ahead
don’t get very far.
Those who try to outshine others
dim their own light.
Those who call themselves righteous
can’t know how wrong they are.
Those who boast of their accomplishments
diminish the things they have done.
Compared to the Tao, these actions are unworthy.
If we are to follow the Tao,
we must not do these things.
Tao Te Ching
A translation for the public domain by j.h.mcdonald, 1996