TAO TE CHING 66

golden bird

Great rivers and seas

Have the power to be

Masters of the Hundred Valleys

Because they skilfully take

The lowest place

They can be Kings of the Hundred Valleys

Thus, if you desire

To be superior to others

You must speak as though

You were beneath them

And if you want to lead the people

You must be willing to follow them

In this way, the sage

Dwells above

And the people are not oppressed

Dwells in front

And the people take no offence

This is why

All below Heaven

Praise and exalt the sage

Without ever growing weary

And precisely because the sage

Does not compete

No one below Heaven

Can compete with the sage

 

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