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Single Idea 6319

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 2. Wise People]

Full Idea

The sage keeps to the deed that consists in taking no action and practises the teaching that uses no words.

Gist of Idea

Wise people choose inaction and silence


Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching [c.350 BCE], I.II.6)

Book Reference

Lao Tzu: 'Tao Te Ching', ed/tr. Lau,D.C. [Penguin 1963], p.58

A Reaction

Notice that this is an active 'deed', and a positive 'practice'. He is not just recommending indifference and lethargy. Personally I don't find the advice very appealing, but it might be good if you live in 'interesting times'.