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Daoism -> Zhuangzi -> Inner Chapters -> Man in the World, Associated with other Men -> 9

The mountain by its trees weakens itself.
The grease which ministers to the fire fries itself.
The cinnamon tree can be eaten,
and therefore it is cut down.
The varnish tree is useful,
and therefore incisions are made in it.
All men know the advantage of being useful,
but no one knows the advantage of being useless.

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