without desire for greatness, tao achieves greatness


 

The great Tao

floods and flows in every direction.

Everything in existence depends on it, and it doesn’t deny them.

It accomplishes its work without naming or making claims for itself.

Everything in existence is clothed and nourished by it,

but it doesn’t strain over anything.

Aimless, ambitionless, it might

be called “small.”

 

Everything in

existence returns to it,

and still it doesn’t lord over anything.

Thus it might also be called

“great.”

 

Because it has no desire to

be great, it can achieve 

greatness.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 34

 

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