Lao-Tzu: Tao Te Ching 64


A Translation for the Public Domain by J. H. McDonald, 1996


Things are easier to control while things are quiet. 

Things are easier to plan far in advance. 

Things break easier while they are still brittle. 

Things are easier hid while they are still small.

Prevent problems before they arise. 

Take action before things get out of hand. 

The tallest tree 

begins as a tiny sprout. 

The tallest building 

starts with one shovel of dirt. 

A journey of a thousand miles 

starts with a single footstep. 


If you rush into action, you will fail. 

If you hold on too tight, you will lose your grip. 

Therefore the Master lets things take their course 

and thus never fails. 

She doesn’t hold on to things 

and never loses them. 

By pursing your goals too relentlessly, 

you let them slip away. 

If you are as concerned about the outcome 

as you are about the beginning,

then it is hard to do things wrong. 

The master seeks no possessions. 

She learns by unlearning, 

thus she is able to understand all things. 

This gives her the ability to help all of creation.





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