Lao Tzu quote about governing from Tao Te Ching - Governing a large country is like frying a small fish.
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Governing a large country is like frying a small fish.
 Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching (4th century BC). copy citation

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Author Lao Tzu
Source Tao Te Ching
Topic governing
Date 4th century BC
Language English
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Note Translated by Stephen Mitchell
Weblink https://terebess.hu/english/tao/mitchell.html

Context

“he has no destination in view and makes use of anything life happens to bring his way. Nothing is impossible for him.
Because he has let go, he can care for the people's welfare as a mother cares for her child.
60 Governing a large country is like frying a small fish.
You spoil it with too much poking. Center your country in the Tao
and evil will have no power.
Not that it isn't there, but you'll be able to step out of its way. Give evil nothing to oppose” source

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