the sea is king of the valleys


The sea is

king of the valleys

and streams because it

is willing to be beneath them.

One who wishes to guide people

should be humble in her speech

toward them. One who wishes

to lead people must learn

the art of following



The sage

is above the people,

but they don’t feel her weight.

She stays ahead of the people,

and no harm comes to them. She has

the affection of the whole world.

Because she contends with

no one, no one can

contend with



Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 66


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