Chapter 59: Guarding The Tao

Controlling people’s work is heavenly.
There are none who are like the acquisitive (of the Tao).

For man to be acquisitive is to speak of early morning submission.
Early morning submission speaks of serious, long-standing goodness and virtue.
Serious, long-standing goodness and virtue lacks all restraint.

Lacking the ability to imitate, there is none who knows the limits of their greatness.
Because there is none who is aware of their very best,
no one is able to properly rule as the greatest at the national level.

To be the nation’s mother, rule may be possible for a long time.

Yes, to speak of profound basis, strong, solid, sure foundations,
Forever grow long roots to regard Her Tao.

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