Tao Te Ching
by LAO TSU
Translation by Gia Fu Feng


Seventy-Seven

The Tao of heaven is like the bending of a bow.
The high is lowered and the low is raised.
If the string is too long, it is shortened;
If there is not enough, it is made longer.

The Tao of heaven is to take from those who have too much
     and give to those who do not have enough.
Man's way is different.
He takes from those who do not have enough
     to give to those who already have too much.
What man has more than enough and gives it to the world?
Only the man of Tao.

Therefore the sage works without recognition.
He achieves what has to be done without dwelling on it.
He does not try to show his knowledge.