Tao 12

Trying to see all the colours at once, you will end up seeing none at all.
Trying to hear all the tones together, you will hear only dischord.
Trying to do everything at once, you will accomplish nothing.
Trying to taste every flavour will leave you with a belly-ache.

Maintain your needs, release your desires.
People need to eat and move, but hunting and racing for sport…

Therefore the sage is for the belly and not the tongue.


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