A GREAT country is like the lowland toward which all
THE Tao is the hidden Reservoir of all things.
A good word will find its own market.
Hence, at the Enthronement of an Emperor,
Why did the ancients prize the Tao?
DO the Non-Ado.
Nip troubles in the bud.
Difficult things of the world
He who promises lightly must be lacking in faith.
WHAT is at rest is easy to hold.
Tackle things before they have appeared.
A tree as big as a man's embrace springs from a tiny
He who fusses over anything spoils it.
In handling affairs, people often spoil them just
Therefore, the Sage desires to be desireless,
IN the old days, those who were well versed in the
HOW does the sea become the king of all streams?
Therefore, the Sage reigns over the people by humbling
Thus it is that when a Sage stands above the people,
Just because he strives with nobody,
ALL the world says that my Tao is great, but seems
I have Three Treasures, which I hold fast and watch
If a man wants to be brave without first being
Mercy alone can help you to win a war. Mercy alone
A GOOD soldier is never aggressive;
THE strategists have a saying:
This is called marching without moving,
There is no greater calamity than to under-estimate
Therefore, when opposing troops meet in battle,
MY words are very easy to understand, and very
My words have an Ancestor.
The fewer persons know me,
To realize that our knowledge is ignorance,
Only when we are sick of our sickness
WHEN the people no longer fear your power,
Interfere not lightly vith their dwelling,
Therefore, the Sage knows himself,
HE who is brave in daring will be killed;
It is Heaven's Way to conquer without striving,
Vast is Heaven's net;
WHEN the people are no longer afraid of death,
If you could make the people always afraid of death,
Is not the Great Executor always there to kill?
WHY are the people starving?
Why are the people hard to manage?
Why do the people make light of death?
The people have simply nothing to live upon!
WHEN a man is living, he is soft and supple.
Hence, the hard and rigid belongs to the company
Therefore, a mighty army tends to fall by its own
The mighty and great will be laid low;
PERHAPS the Way of Heaven may be likened to the
The Way of Heaven diminishes the more-than-
Therefore, the Sage does his work without setting
NOTHING in the world is softer and weaker than
For nothing can take its place.
Therefore, the Sage says:
WHEN a great wound is healed,
The virtuous attends to his duties;
AH, for a small country with a small population!
SINCERE words are not sweet,
The Sage does not take to hoarding.
The Way of Heaven is to benefit, not to harm.