"He who stands on his tiptoes does not stand firm; he who stretches his legs does not walk.
He who displays himself does not shine.
He who asserts his own views is not distinguished.
He who vaunts himself does not find his merit acknowledged.
He who is self-conceited has no superiority allowed to him.
Such conditions, viewed from the standpoint of the Tao, are like remnants of food, or a tumor on the body, which all dislike.
Hence, those who pursue the course of the Tao do not adopt and allow them."
- Translated by James Legge, 1891, Chapter 24
"A man who raises himself on tiptoe cannot remain firm.
A man with crooked legs cannot walk far.
He who says himself that he can see is not enlightened.
He who says himself that he is right is not manifested to others.
He who praises himself has no merit.
He who is self-conceited will not increase in knowledge.
Such men may be said to search after Tao that they may gorge themselves in feeding, and act the parasite; moreover, they are universally detested.
Therefore those who are possessed of Tao do not act thus."
- Translated by Frederic H. Balfour, 1884, Chapter 24
"One on tiptoe is not steady;
One astride makes no advance.
Self-displayers are not enlightened,
Self-asserters lack distinction,
Self-approvers have no merit,
And self-seekers stunt their lives.
Before Reason this is like surfeit of food; it is like a wen on the body with which people are apt to be disgusted.
Therefore the man of reason will not indulge in it."
- Translated by Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki and Paul Carus, 1913, Chapter 24
"Those who tiptoe do not stand.
Those who stride do not walk.
Those who see for themselves are not discerning.
Those who affirm for themselves are not insightful.
Those who attack it themselves do not achieve.
Those who esteem themselves do not become elders.
When these are in guides, we say:
'Excess provision; redundant action.'
Some natural kinds avoid them.
Hence those who have guides don't place them."
- Translated by Chad Hansen, Chapter 24
"One who boasts is not established.
One who shows himself off does not become prominent.
One who makes a show is not enlightened.
One who brags about himself gets no credit;
One who praises himself does not long endure.
In the Way such things are called:
"Extra food and redundant action."
And with things - there are those who hate them
therefore followers of the Tao does not dwell in them."
- Translated by Bram den Hond, Chapter 24
"It is not natural to stand on tiptoe, or being astride one does not walk.
One who displays himself is not bright, or one who asserts himself cannot shine.
A self-approving man has no merit, nor does one who praises himself grow.
The relation of these things (self-display, self-assertion, self-approval) to Tao is the same as offal is to food.
They are excrescences from the system; they are detestable; Tao does not dwell in them."
- Translated by Dwight Goddard, 1919, Chapter 24