Fallen Japanese Maple Leaf resting on Rhododendron Azalea flower buds January 17, 2010
Tao Te Ching
Under heaven we can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness.
We can know good as good only because there is evil.
Therefore having and not having arise together;
Difficult and easy complement each other;
Long and short stand side by side;
High and low rest upon each other;
Voice and sound harmonize each other;
Front and back follow each other.
Therefore the sage goes about doing nothing, teaching no-talking.
Ten thousand things rise and fall without stopping.
Creating, yet not possessing,
Working, yet not taking credit.
Work is done, then forgotten.
Therefore it lasts forever.
—Lao Tsu TAO TE CHINGtranslated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English