Without stirring abroad
One can know the whole world;
Without looking out of the window
One can see the way of heaven.
The further one goes
The less one knows.
Therefore the sage knows without having to stir,
Identifies without having to see,
Accomplishes without having to act.
The self-discipline of constantly restraining oneself, of tolerating pompous stupidity, of waiting for the idiocy to run aground; to leave the stage to fools, to suffer the judgment of the ignorant, and to pursue one’s own ends and the ends of one’s family peacefully… is a question of internal alchemy: it means accepting mistakes and persevering in the training.