ONLY simple and quiet words will ripen of
For a whirlwind does not last a whole morning,
Nor does a sudden shower last a whole day.
Who is their author? Heaven-and-Earth!
Even Heaven-and-Earth cannot make such violent things
How much truer is it of the rash endeavors of men?
He who practices Virtue is one with Virtue;
And he who courts after Loss is one with Loss.
to the Tao;
To be one with Virtue is to be a welcome accession
To be one with Loss is to be a welcome accession
Entails faithlessness on the part of others