Therefore the Sage dwells in nonactive affairs and practices the wordless teaching. The ten thousand things arise, but he doesn't begin them; He acts on their behalf, but he doesn't make them dependent; He accomplishes his tasks, but he doesn't dwell on them; It is only because he doesn't dwell on them, that they therefore do not leave him.
Tao Te Ching, trans. by Robert G. Henricks
Edited to correct a typo.
This message has been edited by Chiroptera, 02-Nov-2005 06:11 PM