The difference between good and bad writing

Oct 19, 2015 | Things I wish I'd written

1.

The kingdom is a spirit-like thing, and cannot be got by active doing. He who would so win it destroys it; he who would hold it in his grasp loses it.

2.

The world is a sacred instrument
One cannot control it
The one who controls it will fail
The one who grasps it will lose

3.

People are mysterious entities-
try to take hold of them and you will only lose them.
Thus, sometimes it is better to show the way,
and sometimes it is better to follow.

…three translations from Chapter 29 of the Dao De Jing, which was written a few years back.