Tao Te Ching
by Lao Tze


1. Gravity is the root of lightness; stillness, the ruler of


2. Therefore a wise prince, marching the whole day, does not go far

from his baggage waggons. Although he may have brilliant prospects to

look at, he quietly remains (in his proper place), indifferent to

them. How should the lord of a myriad chariots carry himself lightly

before the kingdom? If he do act lightly, he has lost his root (of

gravity); if he proceed to active movement, he will lose his throne.