Verse 2

Everyone recognises beauty
    only because of ugliness
Everyone recognises virtue
    only because of sin

Life and death are born together
Difficult and easy
Long and short
High and low—
    all these exist together
Sound and silence blend as one
Before and after arrive as one

The Sage acts without action
    and teaches without talking
All things flourish around him
    and he does not refuse any one of them
He gives but not to receive
He works but not for reward
He completes but not for results
He does nothing for himself in this passing world
    so nothing he does ever passes
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