Man follows the earth.

Earth follows the universe.

The universe follows the Tao. 

The Tao follows only itself. 


Open yourself to the Tao,

then trust your natural responses;

and everything will fall into place.


Knowing others is intelligence;

knowing yourself is true wisdom.

Mastering others is strength; 

mastering yourself is true power. 


The journey of a thousand miles 

starts from beneath your feet. 


Less and less do you need to force things, 

until finally you arrive at non-action.

When nothing is done, 

nothing is left undone. 


Without opening your door, 

you can open your heart to the world.

Without looking out your window, 

you can see the essence of the Tao.