The Book of the Right Way of Laozi- 59


The ruler who submits to the cosmic order conserves his resources.
Truly, he who conserves his resources is well-prepared.
Truly, he who is well-prepared amasses great virtue.
He who amasses great virtue cannot be overwhelmed.
He who amasses great virtue avoids extremes.
Those who avoid extremes are certainly qualified to rule the state.
He who cares for the country as a mother will govern for a very long time.
Truly, this is the deeply rooted, sure foundation.
He who knows the process prospers.