Oriental seals: The highest excellence is like water

The highest excellence is like water
Size: ~8x8 cm / ~3¼x3¼ inches

Handcarved on stone

This large seal has a Tao Te King quotation, "The highest excellence is like [that of] water". It features an image of a sage meditating over the quietly flowing stream by the mountains, which reflects the calm state of mind. This is the original hand-carved stone seal that may be used on extra-large artworks, or on its own. Prints are available.

The highest excellence is like (that of) water. The excellence of water appears in its benefiting all things, and in its occupying, without striving (to the contrary), the low place which all men dislike. Hence (its way) is near to (that of) the Dao. The excellence of a residence is in (the suitability of) the place; that of the mind is in abysmal stillness; that of associations is in their being with the virtuous; that of words is in their trustworthiness; that of government is in its securing good order; that of (the conduct of) affairs is in its ability; and that of (the initiation of) any movement is in its timeliness. And when (one with the highest excellence) does not wrangle (about his low position), no one finds fault with him.

Framed and mounted imprint of this stone seal is available to purchase!

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