Act without doing.
Work without working.
Taste that which has no flavor.
Make great the small,
make many the few.
Return harmfulness with good.
Prepare for difficulty while things are easy.
Take care of big things while they are still small.
The world’s most difficult problems
started out easy.
Great undertakings start from small deeds.
For this reason,
the sage never strives for greatness
and thereby has the ability to achieve great things.
One who lightly commits to great deeds
rarely keeps his word.
Don’t take things lightly
or they will surely become difficult.
The sage confronts difficulties
and therefore in the end has none.