||Without going outside his door, one understands (all that takes
place) under the sky; without looking out from his
window, one sees
the Dao of Heaven. The farther that one goes out (from
less he knows.
|"Without passing out of the gate
The world's course I prognosticate.
Without peeping through the window
The heavenly Reason I contemplate.
The further one goes,
The less one knows."
|Not going out of the door I have knowledge of the world. Not peeping through
the window I perceive heaven's Dao. The more one wanders
to a distance the less he knows.
||Therefore the sages got their knowledge without travelling; gave
their (right) names to things without seeing them; and accomplished
their ends without any purpose of doing so.
Therefore the holy man does not travel, and yet he has knowledge. He does not
see things, and yet he defines them. He does not
labor, and yet he completes.
|Therefore the wise man does not wander about but he understands, he does not
see things but he defines them, he does not labor yet