TAO never makes any ado,
And yet it does everything.
If a ruler can cling to it,
All things will grow of themselves.
When they have grown and tend to make a stir,
It is time to keep them in their place by the aid of the
nameless Primal Simplicity,
Which alone can curb the desires of men.
When the desires of men are curbed, there will be peace,
And the world will settle down of its own accord.
And the beginning of folly.
the substance rather than the husk;
Upon the fruit rather than the flower.
Truly, he prefers what is within to what is without.
Translated by John C. H. Wu
Via Wu We