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This poem is a translation of Tao Te Ching, Chapter 17, written by Lao Tse three thousand years ago. There are 27 known different translations of this, because the meanings from that long ago are very fluid. This version has been used, as far as I know, as inspiration for community workers since the nineteen fifties. We are looking to translate it into as many languages as possible, so if you can translate it into a language not yet indicated on this page, please let us know. Phil


GO

to the People;

Live among them;

Love them;

Learn from them;

Start from where they are;

Work with them;

Build on what they have.


But of the best leaders,

When the task is accomplished,

The work completed,

The people all remark:

"We have done it ourselves"


                    Lao Tsu




Other Translations:

Afrikaans             Akan             አማርኛ / ämarəña             Հայերեն / Hayeren             Basa Jawa             Bamanankan             Bicolano             Босански             Chewe             Dansk              Eesti keel             Gĩkũyũ             Guan             Gwich'in             עִבְרִית             Hrvatski             Igbo             Íslenska             Kinyarwanda             Kirundi             lea faka-Tonga             Lingala             Luganda             Luhya             Māori             Maya                Nederlands             नेपाली / Nepālī             Norsk             Qhichwa Simi             ساهو‎ / Saho             Shona             Slovenščina             Suomi             Svenska             தமிழ் / Tamiḻ             ትግርኛ / Tigriññā             Tshiluba             Türkçe             isiXhosa             ייִדיש / Yidish             èdèe Yorùbá

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