The Tao Teh King: A Short Study in Comparative Religion, by C. Spurgeon Medhurst, , at sacred-texts.com
The recklessly rash die. The cautiously courageous live. Of these two courses it is uncertain which is advantageous and which is disadvantageous, for who can explain why heaven disapproves? Therefore even the Holy Man feels a difficulty here. 1 This is the way of heaven—
Goodwill, which surely overcomes.
Silence, which certainly responds. 2
Without being summoned, spontaneously arriving.
Acting leisurely, but planning effectively.
Heaven's net spreads everywhere, wide in mesh, yet losing nothing. 3
121:1 The higher the knowledge, the greater the responsibility, the narrower the path.
121:2 "Look at heaven there," answered Confucius, "does it speak? And yet the seasons run their appointed courses and all things in nature grow up in their time. Look at heaven there: does it speak?"—Confucian Analects.
"Und alles ist Frucht, and alles is Samen."—Schiller.