Dao De Jing
Sheathing the Light
The Heavens are long and the Earth enduring
As for the reason why Heaven and Earth are able to grow long and last long:
It is that they do not live for themselves, therefore are able to lengthen and endure
Thus, the Sage
Puts last himself, yet he himself ends up first
Relinquishes himself, yet he himself is preserved
Is it not due to his selflessness?
That he is therefore able to accomplish his personal goals?