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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 63
translated by Herrymon Mauer (1985)

Do nothing-doing;
Manage nothing-managing;
Taste nothing-tasting.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) act (2) without (3) acting
(4) manage (5) without (6) managing
(7) taste (8) without (9) tasting

Exalt the low;
Multiply the few;
Requite hatred with virtue.

Tackle the difficult when it is easy.
Handle the big when it is small.
Difficult things beneath heaven
Are made up of easy things.
Big things beneath heaven
Are made up of small things.
Thus the sage
Never deals with the great,
But accomplishes greatness.

Light promises indeed lack trust,
Much easiness leads to much difficulty.
Thus the sage
Holds everything difficult,
But meets no difficulty in the end.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 63
translated by Ursula K. Le Guin (1998)

Do without doing,
Act without action.
Savor the flavorless.
Treat the small as large,
the few as many.

Meet injury
with the power of goodness. [*]

Study the hard while it is still easy.
Do big things while they are small.
The hardest jobs in the world start out easy,
the great affairs of the world start small. [**]

So the wise soul,
by never dealing with great things,
gets great things done.

Now, since taking things too lightly
      makes them worthless,
and taking things too easy makes them hard,
the wise soul
by treating the easy as hard,
doesn't find anything hard.

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[*] TS'AO TAO-CH'UNG [Taoist nun] comments:
"If we repay wrongs with kindness, we put an end
to revenge. If we repay wrongs with wrongs,
revenge never ends."
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[**] EMILY DICKINSON says:
By Chivalries as tiny,
A Blossom, or a Book,
The seeds of smiles are planted --
Which blossom in the dark.

Chinese Character for Plan, Tu
PLAN, PICTURE (图 = Tu)
Pictograph = Encompass + Granary
("Plan difficult tasks through the simplest tasks.")

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 63
translated by Derek Lin (2006)

Act without action
Manage without meddling
Taste without tasting
Great, small, many, few
Respond to hatred with virtue
Plan difficult tasks through the simplest tasks
Achieve large tasks through the smallest tasks
The difficult tasks of the world
Must be handled through the simple tasks
The large tasks of the world
Must be handled through the small tasks
Therefore, sages never attempt great deeds all through life
Thus they can achieve greatness
One who makes promises lightly must deserve little trust
One who sees many easy tasks must encounter much difficulty
Therefore, sages regard things as difficult
So they never encounter difficulties all through life

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 63
Translation by Sanderson Beck (2002)

Act without interfering.
Work without doing.
Taste the tasteless. [*]
Large or small, many or few, repay injury with goodness.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) large (2) [or] small (3) many (4) [or] few
(5) respond to (6) resentment (7) thus by (8) virtue (Te)

Handle the difficult while it is still easy.
Handle the big while it is still small.
Difficult tasks begin with what is easy.
Great accomplishments begin with what is small.

Therefore the wise never strive for the great
and thus achieve greatness.
Rash promises inspire little trust.
Taking things too lightly results in much difficulty.
Thus the wise always confront difficulties
and therefore have no difficulty.

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[*] SHRINE OF WISDOM (1924) says:
"Practice Wu-Wei — that is,
be active with the activity of the Inner Life.
Be helpful with the service of the Inner Life.
Be fragrant with the fragrance of the Inner Life."
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Chinese Character for Many, Duo
MANY, EXCESSIVE (多 = Duo)
Pictograph = Many moons
("Treat the small as great
And the few as many.")

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 63
translated by R. T. Ames & D. L. Hall (2003)

Do things noncoersively (wuwei).
Be non-interfering in going about
      your business (wushi)
And savor the flavor of the unadulterated
      in what you eat.

Treat the small as great
And the few as many.

Requite enmity with character (de).

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) picture (2) the difficult (3) while (4) it is (5) easy
(6) do (7) great things (8) while (9) they are (10) small
(11) in heaven (12) below (13) difficult (11) things (14) necessarily (15) arise (16) while (17) easy
(18) in heaven (19) below (20) great (21) things (22) necessarily (23) arise (24) while (25) small

Take account of the difficult while it is still easy,
And deal with the large while it is still tiny.
The most difficult things in the world originate with the easy,
And the largest issues originate with the tiny.

Thus, it is because the sages never try to do great things
That they are indeed able to be great.

One who makes promises lightly is sure to have little credibility;
One who finds everything easy is certain to have lots of difficulties.

Thus, it is because even the sages pay careful attention to such things
That they are always free of difficulties.

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Daodejing / Tao Te Ching / Chapter Sixty-Three in Seal Script
(Zhuanshu 篆文, with Wang Pi / Wang Bi Version)
Chapter 63 Seal Script & Interlinear English

(1) act (2) without (3) acting
(4) manage (5) without (6) managing
(7) taste (8) without (9) tasting


(1) large (2) [or] small (3) many (4) [or] few
(5) respond to (6) resentment (7) thus by (8) virtue (Te)

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) picture (2) the difficult (3) while (4) it is (5) easy
(6) do (7) great things (8) while (9) they are (10) small
(11) in heaven (12) below (13) difficult (11) things (14) necessarily (15) arise (16) while (17) easy
(18) in heaven (19) below (20) great (21) things (22) necessarily (23) arise (24) while (25) small

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) yes (2) thus for (3) sagely (4) people
(5) the end / aim (6) is not (7) to achieve (8) greatness
(9) therefore (10) they are able (11) to accomplish (12) what is (13) great

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) surely (2) lightly (3) making promises (4) assures (5) the least (6) trust
(7) excessive (8) ease (9) assures (10) excessive (11) difficulty

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) yes (2) accordingly (3) sagely (4) people
(5) consider as (6) difficult (7) [that which is] the same
(8) therefore (9) in the end (10) it's not (11) difficult (12) at all
 
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 63
translated by Frank J. MacHovec (1962)

Achieve serenity. Work passively. Taste the flavorless.
Large or small, many or few, exchange love for hatred. [*]

Undertake the difficult while it is still simple;
undertake the great while it is still minor.
The problems in the world must be solved while they are easy;
the great while they are minor.
The truly wise find greatness by undertaking nothing great.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) yes (2) thus for (3) sagely (4) people
(5) the end / aim (6) is not (7) to achieve (8) greatness
(9) therefore (10) they are able (11) to accomplish (12) what is (13) great

A promise lightly made is often difficult to keep.
Whoever makes light of things encounters many problems.
The truly wise know that things are difficult
and therefore meet with no difficulties.

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[*] JOHN CHALMERS (1868) says:
"'Recompense injury with kindness,' was once quoted to Confucius for his
approbation, but he could not endorse it. 'With what then,' said he, 'will
you recompense kindness? Recompense injury with justice, and
recompense kindness with kindness.' Lau-tsze occupied here
higher ground than Confucius."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 63
translated by Stephen Mitchell (1988)

Act without doing; [*]
work without effort.
Think of the small as large
and the few as many.
Confront the difficult
while it is still easy;
accomplish the great task
by a series of small acts.

The Master never reaches for the great;
thus she achieves greatness. [**]
When she runs into a difficulty,
she stops and gives herself to it.
She doesn't cling to her own comfort;
thus problems are no problem for her.

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[*] JOHN CHALMERS [translator, 1868] says:
"Act non-action. Be occupied with non-occupation.
Taste the tasteless. Find your great in what is little,
and your many in the few. Recompense injury
with virtue (kindness)."
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[**] SHRINE OF WISDOM (translator, 1924) says:
"To serve the world in difficult tasks, we must
begin with those that are easy. To serve the world
in great affairs, we must begin with those that are
small. That is why the Master, to the very end,
does not become great..."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 63
translated by J. H. McDonald (1996)

Act by not acting;
do by not doing.
Enjoy the plain and simple.

Find that greatness in the small.
Take care of difficult problems
while they are still easy;
Do easy things before they become too hard.

Difficult problems are best solved
while they are easy.      
Great projects are best started while
they are small.      
The Master never takes on more than
she can handle,      
which means that she leaves nothing undone.

When an affirmation is given too lightly,
keep your eyes open for trouble ahead.
When something seems too easy,
difficulty is hiding in the details.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) surely (2) lightly (3) making promises
(4) assures (5) the least (6) trust
(7) excessive (8) ease (9) assures
(10) excessive (11) difficulty

The master expects great difficulty,
so the task is always easier than planned.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 63
translated by Timothy Freke (1999)

Strive not to struggle — achieve just by being.
Savor the flavorless — value the unimportant.
Meet unkindness with compassion.

Tackle difficult jobs while they are still easy,
and big jobs while they are small.
The troubles of the world can only be solved
before they get out of hand.
The great affairs of the world can only be sorted out,
by paying attention to all the small things.

The Wise don't attempt anything great,
and so achieve great things.
Someone who promises the world
will never live up to that promise.
Someone who thinks everything is easy
will inevitably find things hard.
The wise don't avoid difficulties,
so nothing remains difficult.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) yes (2) accordingly (3) sagely (4) people
(5) consider as (6) difficult (7) [that which is] the same
(8) therefore (9) in the end (10) it's not (11) difficult (12) at all

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