||He whose boldness appears in his daring (to do wrong, in
defiance of the laws) is put to death; he whose boldness
his not daring (to do so) lives on. Of these two cases
appears to be advantageous, and the other to be injurious.
||Courage, if carried to daring, leads to death; courage, if not carried to daring,
leads to life. Either of these two things is sometimes
beneficial, sometimes harmful.
Courage carried to daring leads to death. Courage restrained by caution leads
to life. These two things, courage and caution, are
sometimes beneficial and sometimes harmful.
When Heaven's anger smites a man,
Who the cause shall truly scan? On this account the sage feels a difficulty
(as to what to do in the former case).
"Why ’t is by heaven rejected,
Who has the reason detected?" Therefore
the holy man also regards it as difficult.
Some things are rejected by heaven, who can tell the reason? Therefore the wise
man deems all acting difficult.
It is the way of Heaven not to strive, and yet it skilfully overcomes; not to
speak, and yet it is skilful in (obtaining a reply;
does not call, and yet men come to it of themselves.
demonstrations are quiet, and yet its plans are skilful and effective.
The Heavenly Reason strives not, but it is sure to conquer. It speaks not, but
it is sure to respond. It summons not, but it comes
of itself. It works patiently, but is sure in its
The Dao of heaven does not quarrel, yet it conquers. It speaks not, yet its response
is good. It issues no summons but things come to
it naturally because its devices are good.
||The meshes of the net of Heaven are large; far apart, but letting nothing escape.
||Heaven's net is vast, so vast. It is wide-meshed, but it loses nothing.
||Heaven's net is vast, indeed! its meshes are wide but it loses nothing.