Tao Te Ching
by LAO TSU
Translation by Gia Fu Feng


Thirty-Four

The great Tao flows everywhere, both to the left and to the right.
The ten thousand things depend upon it; it holds nothing back.
It fulfills its purpose silently and makes no claim.

It nourishes the ten thousand things,
And yet is not their lord.
It has no aim; it is very small.

The ten thousand things return to it.
Yet it is not their lord.
It is very great.

It does not show greatness,
And is therefore truly great.