lipu Pona la: kasi nanpa 64 pi lipu Nasin Pona
|That which is at rest is easy to grasp.
|That which has not yet come about is easy to plan for.
|That which is fragile is easily broken.
|That which is minute is easily scattered.
|Handle things before they arise.
|Manage affairs before they are in a mess.
|A thick tree grows from a tiny seed.
|A tall building arises from a mound of earth.
|A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.
|Contriving, you are defeated;
|Grasping, you lose.
|The sage doesn’t contrive, so she isn’t beaten.
|Not grasping, she doesn’t lose.
|When people are carrying out their projects
|They usually blow it at the end.
|If you are as careful at the end
|As you were at the beginning,
|You won’t be disappointed.
|Therefore the sage desires non-desire,
|Does not value rare goods,
|Studies the unlearnable
|So that she can correct the mistakes of average people
|And aid all things in manifesting their true nature
|Without presuming to take the initiative.