The sage has no fixed ideas about anything,
So he takes in a broad range of information—
Not only from the admired,
But also from the shunned,
And so doubles the value he receives.
He entertains not only the credible,
But the incredible as well,
And so multiplies his libraries of learning.

In husbanding the world,
The sage draws people together
Into one big glorious mess.
In this way, he keeps them from maturing,
Preventing their perceptions from growing old and brittle.

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