Tao Te Ching – Verse 60 – Governing a large country is like frying a small fish. You spoil it with too much poking.

 

60
Governing a large country
is like frying a small fish.
You spoil it with too much poking.

Center your country in the Tao
and evil will have no power.
Not that it isn’t there,
but you’ll be able to step out of its way.

Give evil nothing to oppose
and it will disappear by itself.

(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)
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Ruling a large country is like cooking a small fish
Using the Tao to manage the world
Its demons have no power
Not only do its demons have no power
Its gods do not harm people

Not only do its gods not harm people
The sages also do not harm people
They both do no harm to one another
So virtue merges and returns

(translation by Derek Lin, 2006)
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Zero, once realized,
Has no room for the opposites,
And thus is immortal.

(translation by Jeremy M. Miller, 2013)
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from I Ching Online

 

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