|What is not moving is easily held.|
What has not happened is easily planned.
What is brittle is easily broken.
What is tiny is easily dispersed.
Deal with a problem before it arises;
exercise control before confusion exists.
A tree with an arm-girth of trunk grows from a tiny sprout.
A nine-storied terrace arises from a heap of dirt.
A thousand-mile journey begins with the first step.
Action spoils; reaching loses.
The truly wise are not active.
Thus they do not spoil things.
Do not reach so do not lose.
Things are often spoiled very close to completion.
Be as careful at completion as you were at the beginning.
Thus the truly wise want the unwanted
and do not prize what is rare.
Study what is unstudied and preserve what is lost.
Assist in the course of nature but never interfere in it.