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Chapter 48 – Cleverness

He who studies increases in cleverness,
but he who practices the Tao diminishes.
Again and again, he humbles himself,
till he reaches the state of non-doing.

He practices non-doing, and yet he leaves noting undone.

To command the empire,
one must not employ cleverness,
If one uses cleverness,
he is not fit to command the empire

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