The Book of the Right Way of Laozi- 59.

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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.

治人事天莫若嗇。夫唯嗇,是謂早服;早服謂之重積德;重積德則無不克;無不克則莫知其極;莫知其極,可以有國;有國之母,可以長久;是謂深根固柢,長生久視之道。

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