by Lao Tze
Printed in 1891 Tao Teh King (Tao Te Ching): Sacred Books of the East Vol. 39
1. If any one should wish to get the kingdom for himself, and to
effect this by what he does, I see that he will not succeed. The
kingdom is a spirit-like thing, and cannot be got by active doing. He
who would so win it destroys it; he who would hold it in his grasp
The course and nature of things is such thatHence the sage puts away excessive effort, extravagance, and easy
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