Dao De Jing Introduction Table of content – The Way and Its Power

The naturalist, individualist and politic doctrine of Lao-tse exhibited in 81 poetic and obscure texts. Tr. Waley (en), Lau (en), Julien (fr) and Wilhelm (de).

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Daodejing II. 63.

Section De – Chapter LXIII

It acts without action, does without doing, finds flavour in what is flavourless,
Can make the small great and the few many,
“Requites injuries with good deeds,
Deals with the hard while it is still easy,
With the great while it is still small.”
In the governance of empire everything difficult must be dealt with while it is still easy,
Everything great must be dealt with while it is still small.
Therefore the Sage never has to deal with the great; and so achieves greatness.
But again “Light assent inspires little confidence
And 'many easies' means many a hard.”
Therefore the Sage knows too how to make the easy difficult, and by doing so avoid all difficulties!

Waley 63

以无为为居, 以无言为教, 以恬淡为味。事不论大小多少, 要始终抱着抱怨以德的态度来处理。
处理难事要从简单的地方入手, 处理大事要从细微的地方做起。因此, 圣人永远不自吹做大事, 从不好高骛远, 然而却能建立伟业。
轻许诺言必然失信。想得越容易, 遇到底困难也越多, 圣人总多想困难和问题并很周到地考虑了解决问题的方法, 因而反到不难。


Do that which consists in taking no action;
Pursue that which is not meddlesome;
Savor that which has no flavor.

Make the small big and the few many;
Do good to him who has done you an injury.

Lay plans for the accomplishment of the difficult before it becomesdifficult;
Make something big by starting with it when small.

Difficult things in the word must needs have their beginnings in theeasy;
Big things must needs have their beginnings in the small.

Therefore it is because the sage never attempts to be great that hesucceeds in becoming great.

One who makes promises rashly rarely keeps good faith;
One who is in the habit of considering things easy meets with frequentdifficulties.

Therefore even the sage treats some things as difficult.
That is why in the end no difficulties can get the better of him.

Lau 63

(Le sage) pratique le non-agir, il s'occupe de la non-occupation, et savoure ce qui est sans saveur.
Les choses grandes ou petites, nombreuses ou rares, (sont égales à ses yeux).
Il venge ses injures par des bienfaits.
Il commence par des choses aisées, lorsqu'il en médite de difficiles ; par de petites choses, lorsqu'il en projette de grandes.
Les choses les plus difficiles du monde on nécessairement commencé par être aisées.
Les choses les plus grandes du monde ont nécessairement commencé par être petites.
De là vient que, jusqu'à la fin, le Saint ne cherche point à faire de grandes choses ; c'est pourquoi il peut accomplir de grandes choses.
Celui qui promet à la légère tient rarement sa parole.
Celui qui trouve beaucoup de choses faciles éprouve nécessairement de grand difficultés.
De là vient que le Saint trouve tout difficile ; c'est pourquoi, jusqu'au terme de sa vie, il n'éprouve nulles difficultés.

Julien 63

Wer das Nichthandeln übt,
sich mit Beschäftigungslosigkeit beschäftigt,
Geschmack findet an dem, was nicht schmeckt:
der sieht das Große im Kleinen und das Viele im Wenigen.
Er vergilt Groll durch LEBEN.
Plane das Schwierige da, wo es noch leicht ist !
Tue das Große da, wo es noch klein ist !
Alles Schwere auf Erden beginnt stets als Leichtes.
Alles Große auf Erden beginnt stets als Kleines.
Darum: Tut der Berufene nie etwas Großes,
so kann es seine großen Taten vollenden.
Wer leicht verspricht,
hält sicher selten Wort.
Wer vieles leicht nimmt,
hat sicher viele Schwierigkeiten.
Darum: Bedenkt der Berufene die Schwierigkeiten,
so hat er nie Schwierigkeiten.

Wilhelm 63

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