while he who does not (try to) do so is a blessing.When we don't spend all of our time trying to fool ourselves, we are better able to stay on the middle path. Why? Because we see things clearly and, when we see things clearly, it's a lot easier to make adjustments, if necessary.
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~
Those who rule without cleverness
Are a blessing to the land.
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~
Not using cleverness to govern the state
Is being a blessing of the state
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~
Leaders who keep things simple
always make things right.
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from Beatrice.com, 2004 ~
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