The Book of the Right Way of Laozi – 77.

77.

The universal method bends like a bow.

High and low tend toward the centre.

The universal way harmonizes extremes, restoring everything to its original balance.

But men deplete where there is insufficiency and accumulate where there is excess.

Thus men oppose the natural order.

Only he who follows the method has more than enough.

He acts without an actor and he succeeds without effort, without any desire for show.

 

天之道,其猶張弓與?高者抑之,下者舉之;有餘者損之,不足者補之。天之道,損有餘而補不足。人之道,則不然,損不足以奉有餘。孰能有餘以奉天下,唯有道者。是以聖人為而不恃,功成而不處,其不欲見賢。

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