I have just three things to teach:
Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
You return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
You accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
You reconcile all beings in the world.
Thus the wise man residing in the tao
Sets an example for all beings.
Because he doesn’t display himself,
People can see his light.
Because he has nothing to prove,
People can trust his words.
Because he doesn’t know who he is
People recognize themselves in him.
Because he has no goal in mind,
Everything he does succeeds.
Tao te Ching