Study Guide

Tao Te Ching Chapter 63

By Lao Tzu

Chapter 63

  • Chapter 63 starts with some oldies but goodies.
  • Unattached action is the way to go.
  • Manage things, but don't interfere too much.
  • Respond to hatred with compassion (kind of a "turn the other cheek" sort of philosophy).
  • And now for some more good advice...
  • Don't get overwhelmed by big tasks.
  • Think of them as a series of small tasks.
  • Do one thing at a time, and eventually you'll get it all done.
  • The sages never tried to do anything great, and so they achieved greatness.
  • Be careful about making promises lightly; people who do this usually can't follow through, so they're not really all that trustworthy.
  • The sages recognized that even things that seemed easy could be difficult, but by recognizing this nothing was ever that difficult for them.

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