45. Forethought

Finding the great in the small
and the many in the few,
taking care of the difficult while it is easy,
and managing great things
in their beginnings
is the way of Tao.

All difficult things
have their origin in that which is easy,
and great things in that which is small.
Therefore the wise one accomplishes
great feats without even attempting them.

Those who lightly assent
seldom keep their word.
Those who presume that everything is easy
will have many difficulties.