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When people live in accord with the Tao,
The only use for the prince’s horse is making garden manure;
When people live in discord with Tao,
War horses’ droppings are everywhere, even in the sacred places.

It is a curse for the people to desire possessions;
It is a misfortune for the people to covet knowledge; and
It is a calamity for the people to crave wisdom.

Let your contentment be seen; for
When your contentment is seen,
It brings contentment to others.

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