The Tao Teh King: A Short Study in Comparative Religion, by C. Spurgeon Medhurst, , at sacred-texts.com
Who tiptoes, totters. 1 Who straddles, stumbles. 2 The self-regarding cannot cognise; the egotistic are not distinguished; the boastful are not meritorious; the self-conceited cannot excel. Such from the standpoint of the Tao are like remnants of food, or parasites, 3 which all things probably detest. Hence, those who possess the Tao are not so. 4
43:1 "Besser nicht anfangen, Denn erliegen."—German Proverb.
43:2 "He who stretches his legs does not walk (easily)."—James Legge.
43:3 Cf. Marcus Aurelius' simile of the man who separates himself from nature. "He is an abscess on the universe."—Bk. v. ch. ix.
43:4 The teaching of the chapter is illustrated by a quotation in the "Doctrine of the Mean." "It is said in the Book of Poetry, 'Over her embroidered robe she puts a plain garment,' intimating a dislike to the display of the elegance of the former. Just so it is the way of the Lordly Man to prefer concealment, while he every day becomes more illustrious, and it is the way of the small-minded man to seek notoriety, while he daily goes more and more to ruin."
"A wise man never competes under any circumstances."—Confucius.