All things rise, and they do not turn away from them.They give them life, but do not take possession of them.They act, but do not rely on their own ability.They accomplish, but claim no credit.Because they claim no credit,their accomplishment remains with them.
3. SimplicityDo not exalt the worthy,so that people will not compete.Do not value rare treasure,so that people will not steal.Do not display objects of desire,so that people's hearts will not be disturbed.Therefore the wise lead by keepingtheir hearts pure, their bellies full,their ambitions weak, and their bones strong,so that the people may be purifiedof their thoughts and desires;and the cunning ones will not interfere.By acting without interfering, all may live in peace.
4. The Infinite WayThe Way is infinite; its use is never exhausted.It is bottomless, like the fountainhead of all things.It smoothes its roughness; it unties its tangles.It softens its light; it calms its turmoil.Deep and still, ever present.I do not know its source.It seems to have existed before the Lord.
5. Emptiness and the CenterNature is not humane.It treats all things like straw dogs.The wise are not humane.They regard people like straw dogs.How the universe is like a bellows!While empty, it is never exhausted.The more it is worked, the more it produces.Much talk brings exhaustion.It is better to keep to the center.
6. The Mystical FemaleThe spirit of the valley never dies.It is called the mystical female.The door of the mystical femaleis the root of heaven and earth.It seems to be continuously within us.