It is easy to hold on to what is calm.
What does not yet show symptoms,
Can still easily be prevented.
What is fragile can easily be broken.
What is small can easily be sown.
Deal with things before it arrives at full force.
Arrange it when it can't be disrupted yet.
The tree, now large enough to embrace,
Grew from a shoot as fine as a hair.
A nine-story building,
At the time also rose from a mere pile of earth.
A journey of a thousand miles,
started with a single step.
Force anything and it is you that will be hurt.
Cling to anything and you will lose it.
Therefore, wise men do nothing,
And are not destroyed.
nothing is ever lost.
Many people who take up their task,
Falter in the end,
And fail to complete the task.
Be as careful at the end,
As you were in the beginning,
So as not to ruin the whole thing.
The wise desire not to desire,
And don't appreciate exclusivity.
They study the unstudied,
And return to what was left behind.
Supporting spontaneous nature,
All without forcing anything.
Wonderful how in times gone,
People walked the Dao,
Not for enlightenment,
But to be an example of simplicity.
People are hard to lead,
When drowned in cleverness.
Leading with cleverness,
Will ruin the country.
Leaving cleverness behind,
That is a blessing to the country.
Be aware of these two proven examples.
Of what we call mystical inner strength.
How is it that the rivers and the seas,
Are alike to all the kings from the hundred
Because they flow so beautifully under
Therefore, they are like the kings of the hundred
The sage ascends without being a burden to
The sage’s advantage is at the expense of no one.
That's why the whole world cheers them on,
Without tiring of them,
Because the sage does not compete.
Therefore no one in the world can compete with
All over the world,
Everyone loves my way,
Incomparable it seems,
Vastly stretched out,
'Cause if it could be compared,
Wouldn't that be insignificant!
Now it so happens that I have three treasures,
Which I maintain and cherish.
The first is called compassion,
The second is called sobriety,
The third is called restraint.
Through compassion I can be brave,
Through sobriety I can be generous,
By being restrained,
I make room to develop my leadership qualities.
Today compassion is rejected,
As not being brave.
Sobriety is brushed aside,
As not being generous.
Taking a step back isn’t considered,
Part of true leadership.
This is deadly.
Compassion in battle brings victory,
And in its defense, it brings resistance.
Compassion is the guard.
Good generals don't fight,
Good fighters don't rage,
Good duelers don't strike first,
Good rulers behave as subordinates.
This is what they call the power of non-conflict.
This is the power of the rulers among the people.
This is a mirror of Heaven.
The very highest in the days of yore.
It is said about using weapons:
I'd rather be the guest than the host.
I'd rather take a step back than forward.
This is what they call:
To progress without progress,
To roll up sleeves without using hands,
To overthrow without fighting,
To capture without weapons.
There is no greater thing than not taking the
By underestimating opponents, I lost almost all
So it is that when warring forces oppose each
They always overcome with compassion.
My words are easy to understand.
And easy to follow.
At the same time nobody in the world
And no one is able to follow.
Words have an origin,
Like actions have a doer.
Isn’t it so that when there is no understanding,
I cannot be appreciated.
Rare are those who understand me.
Rare are those who appreciate me.
Therefore, while the wise may be picky and
There rests a jewel in their hearts.
Knowing how to not-know,
That is the supreme.
Not knowing how to not-know,
That's a failure.
If one would only fail failure,
No longer a failure,
It would be.
Wise men do not fail here,
Because failing this failure,
Keeps them from failing.
As soon as one no longer fears authority,
The greatest authority comes from within.
It no longer suffocates their living space.
Only where there is no oppression can they live.
Only by not suppressing them,
They remain unprinted.
So it is that the wise know themselves,
Without defining themselves.
Leave the one and choose the other.
(The book of the way of virtue)