TAO TE CHING 77

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The Way of Heaven

Is to be as bendy as a bow:

It brings down the high

And lifts up the low

It diminishes the excessive

And increases the insufficient

 

Heaven’s Way

Takes from what has too much

And adds to what has too little

 

The Way of Men

Is not like this:

Always taking from the needy

To make offerings to those

Who already have too much

 

Who accumulates wealth

Just to share it with the world?

Only those with the Way

 

Therefore, the sage

Acts and expects nothing

Succeeds and accomplishes

Without resting on his laurels

Has no desire

To be seen as greater than others

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