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It is easy to find the author - Lao Tzu. But I lost hope trying to find the context, e.g. the book of the quote's origin. Hoping Stack Exchange philosophers can provide the answer.

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Tao Te Ching, Chapter 63.

See e.g. Wordsworth Edition with A.Waley translation,1997, page 66.

From a different translation: Lao Tzu, Te-Tao Ching: A New Translation Based on the Recently Discovered Ma-wang-tui Texts (Robert Henricks editor, 1992, Ballantine Books):

The most difficult things in the world begin as things that are easy;

The largest things in the world arise from the minute.

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天下難事必作於易,天下大事必作於細 Tianxia nanshi bi zuo yu yi Tianxia dashi bi zuo yu xi

I would translate this: difficult things in the world must be done with ease, and great things in the world must be done done with care/(pay attention to details)... In the context of ch. 63 (:when) "difficult...with care" then the derails make the difficult task easy." For example: when sages are well versed in the canons, it is easy for them to explain a difficult text to a layman.

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