"I live the three treasures of mercy, frugality, and humility in all of my dealings with others."
All the world talks about my Tao with such familiarity-what folly! The Tao is not something found at the marketplace or passed on from father to son. It is not something gained by knowing or lost by forgetting. If the Tao were like this, it would have been lost and forgotten long ago.
I have three treasures, which I hold fast and watch closely. The first is mercy. The second is frugality. The third is humility.
From mercy comes courage. From frugality comes generosity. From humility comes leadership. Now if one were bold but had no mercy, if one were broad but were not frugal if one went ahead without humility, one would die.
Love vanquishes all attackers, it is impregnable in defense. When heaven wants to protect someone, does it send an army? No, it protects him with love.