WHAT is at rest is easy to hold.
What manifests no omens is easily forestalled.
What is fragile is easily shattered.
What is small is easily scattered.
Cultivate peace and order before confusion and disorder
have set in.
A tower nine stories high begins with a heap of earth.
A journey of a thousand leagues starts from where your
He who grasps anything loses it.
The Sage fusses over nothing and therefore spoils
He grips at nothing and therefore loses nothing.
at the point of success.
With heedfulness in the beginning and patience
at the end, nothing will be spoiled.
Sets no value on rare goods,
Learns to unlearn his learning,
And induces the masses to return from where
they have overpassed.
He only helps all creatures to find their own nature,
But does not venture to lead them by the nose.
LESS IS MORE