Act without acting. Work without working. Taste without tasting.
By virtue, the big becomes small, the numerous become few, the vengeful are mollified.
Resolve problems when they are easy (to solve).
Address the major while it is still minor.
Truly, the hardest things in the world are comprised of the simplest things.
Truly, the biggest things in the world are comprised of the smallest things.
Because the sage achieves his ends with little effort,
Therefore, he achieves the greatest ends.
Few believe those who make easy promises.
Easy opportunities denote future unhappiness.
Truly, because the sage
Is prepared for any eventuality,
Therefore he achieves his ends without difficulty!