The river and the sea can be kings of a hundred valleys,

Because they lie below them.

That is why they can be the kings of a hundred valleys.


If the sage wants to stand above people,

He must speak to them from below.

If he wants to lead people,

He must follow them from behind.


When the sage stands above people,

They are not oppressed.

When he leads people,

They are not obstructed.

The world will exalt him

And not grow tired of him.

Because he does not resist,                       None in the world resists him.

                     Te-Tao  Ching #66