以正治國,以奇用兵,以無事取天下;吾何以知其然哉?以此。天下多忌諱,而民彌貧;民多利器,國家滋昏;人多技巧,奇物滋起;法令滋彰,盜賊多有;故聖人雲:我無為而民自化。我好靜而民自正,我無事而民自富,我無欲而民自朴,我無情而民自清。

用名典政策治理國家,用奇謀妙計指揮戰爭,用無為不做取得天下。我為何知道這個結論的呢?因為以下這些。社會禁忌太多,民眾更加貧窮,民眾手握武器,國家滋生昏亂,百姓伎倆越多,就會湧現奇珍異寶,法律明確具體,罪犯就會越多。所以,聖人說我無為可使民眾自己演化,我安靜能使民眾自己調節,我沒有事業會使民眾自己發家致富,我沒有慾望會使民眾自己變的樸素。

Use formality to rule a country, use the odds and tricks to command the war, and use inaction to win the state. Why do I know this conclusion? Because there are too many taboos in society, people can be even poorer, there are too many means of getting profit for the people, the country grow awkward, The more people have skills, the more treasures will be. The more regulations, the more people will become criminal. Therefore, the saints said that if I am inaction, the people will evolve themselves. If I stay quiet, it will make the people adjust themselves. If I don't launch a project, it will make the people get rich. if I don't have the desire, it will make the people themselves simple.