四十八

為學日益,
為道日損。
損之又損,
以至于無為。
無為而無不為。
取天下常 以無事,
及其有事,
不足以取天下。

sì shí bā

wéi xué rì yì
wéi dào rì sŭn
sŭn zhī yòu sŭn
yĭ zhì yú wú wéi
wú wéi ér wú bù wéi
qŭ tiān xià cháng yĭ wú shì
jí qí yŏu shì
bù zú yĭ qŭ tiān xià

48

In pursuit of knowledge,
every day something is added.
In the practice of the Tao,
every day something is dropped.
Less and less do you need to force things,
until finally you arrive at non-action.
When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.

True mastery can be gained
by letting things go their own way.
It can't be gained by interfering.