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More from the Tao

Photo by Ivan Obolensky

I thought I would post a passage from the Tao Te Ching. This quote is from Stephen Mitchell’s excellent translation.

Do you want to improve the world?
I don’t think it can be done.
The world is sacred.
It can’t be improved.
If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.
There is a time for being ahead,
a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
a time for being in danger.
The Master sees things as they are,
without trying to control them.
She lets them go their own way,
and resides at the center of the circle.”


Wishing you a joyous holiday season with loved ones in your heart.


  1. SILVIA says:

    Wow, thank you. This helps to let things be.

    Thank you Ivan and have great Holidays in company of your family and friends.

    Hope 2019 brings us another of your books.

  2. SILVIA says:

    See things as they are without trying to control them.

    Pearls of wisdom.

    Have a Happy New Year together with your family Ivan.

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