Lao-Tzu (Unknown Date)

The thirty spokes unite in the one nave; but it is on the empty space (for the axle), that the use of the wheel depends. Clay is fashioned into vessels; but it is on their empty hollowness, that their use depends. The door and windows are cut out (from the walls) to form an apartment; but it is on the empty space (within), that its use depends. Therefore, what has a (positive) existence serves for profitable adaptation, and what has not that for (actual) usefulness.

Tao-Te-Ching (Chapter 11) / MIT Internet Classics Archive (http://classics.mit.edu/Lao/taote.html)