Lao Tzu Quotes: Use Convention To Govern A State Use

Use Convention To Govern A State, Use Surprise In Waging War, Use Disinterest To Take The World. How Do I Know This Is So? When There Are Many Taboos In The World, The People Grow Poorer And Poorer. When The People Have Many Weapons, The Nation Grows More Benighted. When The People Are Very Crafty, Weird Things Arise More And More. The Greater The Articulation Of Rules Of Law, The More Brigands And Outlaws There Are. Therefore A Wise Rulers Says, If I Contrive Nothing, The People Will Naturally Be Civilized. If I Am Fond Of Tranquility, The People Will Naturally Be Upright.  If I Am Disinterested, The People Will Naturally Become Rich.  If I Want Not To Want, The People Will Naturally Be Innocent.
— Lao Tzu —

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