Chapter 26


If any one should wish to get the kingdom for himself, and to effect this by what he does, I see that he will not succeed. The kingdom is a spirit-like thing, and cannot be got by active doing. He who would so win it destroys it; he who would hold it in his grasp loses it.


The course and nature of things is such that

    What was in front is now behind;    What warmed anon we freezing find.    Strength is of weakness oft the spoil;    The store in ruins mocks our toil. 

Hence the sage puts away excessive effort, extravagance, and easy indulgence.