The more laws and order are made prominent,
The more thieves and robbers there will be.
Let there be a small country with few people ...
Yet the people there may grow old and die without ever visiting one another.
When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.
When the superior scholar hears of Tao, he diligently practises it. When the average scholar hears of Tao, he sometimes retains it, sometimes loses it. When the inferior scholar hears of Tao, he loudly laughs at it. Were it not thus ridiculed, it would not be worthy of the name of Tao.
If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.