The Book of the Right Way of Laozi – 43

43

Of everything under the sun, that which is most yielding
Permeates everything. Everything under the sun that is most unyielding
Cannot penetrate the interstices.
Truly, because I realize the value of not acting
This wordless teaching
Increases without acting.
Of everything under the sun, few attain it.

 

天下之至柔,馳騁天下之至堅。無有入無間,吾是以知無為之有益。不言之教,無為之益,天下希及之。

 

Literal rendering:

1 sky under it most soft
2 spread open up sky under it most unyielding
3 not be enter not interstice
4 I yes because know not act it be benefit
5 not speak it teach
6 not act it increase
7 sky under rare reach it

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