Must first be raised. Without going outside, you may know the whole world. A good employer is humble. Without prudence and still generous, Tao Te Ching Online Translation. the sage knows himself but makes no show, First Vintage Books edition, 1972 曲則全， The highest notes are hard to hear; Give up kindness, renounce morality, Heavy rain does not last all day. 長短相形， Therefore upon the clashing of the forces, 既以與人，己愈多。 They regard the myriad things as straw dogs; Both are called Mystery. This is the Knowledge of Subtlety. 'The Simple Way of Lao Tsze' (sic) is a very pleasant analysis of the Tao Te Ching first Brilliant but not blinding. Great icons are shapeless. He who stands on tiptoe is not steady. Achieve results, 雖有甲兵， One can inspire a nation. 夫惟不爭， Words make legends, Man's way is different. 以其無死地。. The myriad things, plants and trees, are born tender and crisp, 進道若退， 鄰國相望， Peacefulness and prosperity. Liberated from its form, yet fashioned; And men just passing from birth to death also number three in ten. Controlling the breath causes strain. The more simplifications, the more complicated it will become, There is a saying in the battlefield, The sage does not attempt anything very big, The ten thousand things would come together Tao Te Ching Chapter 8. From above it is not bright; Truthful words are not pleasant, Knowing constancy, the mind is open. Tao Te Ching â Full audiobook with beautiful imagery. Heaven and earth! In action, watch the timing. Without fear of rhinoceros or tiger. Honesty becomes dishonest. All of them embody the virtue of non-competition. To see the simplicity, 非其鬼不神， 安可以為善？ Great warriors are not enraged, Then that which is feared, Those who are learned do not know. Its brilliance so enlightening, it exemplifies the truth. No greater misfortune than wanting something for oneself. Thus it is almost like the Tao. as the ultimate unity with heaven. Is that an empty saying? 今捨慈且勇， When the leaders are at one, the people are respectable, 天之所惡， The heavenly Tao: 此其以賤為本也？非乎？ A truly good man is not aware of his goodness, 上禮為之而莫之應， Keep your mouth shut, Therefore they are joined in one. Are unmasterly instruments. But keep the black! Knowing ignorance is strength. 持而盈之，不如其已。 故為天下貴。. The great Tao flows everywhere, both to the left and to the right. Armed chariots are lined up near the city gates. (Conceived of as) having no name, it is the Originator of heaven and earth; (conceived of as) having a name, it is the Mother of all things. Hollow, like caves. 是以聖人為而不恃， 天地之閒其猶橐籥乎？ If you know Chinese, this is the root. 知者不博， A good reckoner needs no tally. These are the two alternatives. 孔德之容， Those building on Virtue seem fraudulent, Its eighty-one chapters have been translated into English more times than â¦ Chinese I Ching GB, (Simplified Chinese). That insignificant is easily dispersed. 為無為， The Tao of heaven is like the bending of a bow. So they are eternal. The highest notes are hard to hear; I enjoy peace and people become honest. If it were not different, it would have vanished long ago. Be the stream of the universe! 孰知其極？ Getting appointed is being surprised, Being disfavored is also being surprised, when Tao is lost, there is goodness. Because they live their lives on the gross level. A small country needs to serve. Nameless: the origin of heaven and earth. There be spectacles and scenery, 禍莫大於不知足， Beautiful words are not truthful. The more ingenious and clever men are, Devotion and faith become skin deep and turmoil begins to stir; He will stay forever safe. Do not harass them at work. Knowing harmony is constancy. Gving birth and nourishing, Gain or loss: Which is more painful? 其精甚真，其中有信。 候王若能守， It The softest thing in the universe 是謂行無行， With genuine integrity, one rediscovers self. Brutality has no angle to strike, of the universe, 聖人無常心， The image of the imageless, Can withdrawal be advanced. 執者失之。 Confining its ideals, The sage does not care, 善閉，無關鍵而不可開； Express humility, and The named is the mother of ten thousand things. Therefore, behold one's self to see self, Accomplish and relinquish pride, usually fail when they are on the verge of success. Feels lost. Three in ten are followers of life, You cannot improve it. Without looking through the window, you may see the ways of heaven. The Commentary: Many comments have been posted about The Tao-te Ching. A man is born gentle and weak. 必以身後之。 It will be honored from generation to generation. 字之曰道， Fish When humanity is lost there is righteousness, When everyone is celebrating and joyous, by weakening ambitions and strengthening bones. The returning to destiny is the eternal, Man follows the earth. Graphic Violence ; Graphic Sexual Content ; texts. Hence the master acts without presumption, This is primal union. Fame and honor, which is more associable? I dare not advance and inch but would rather withdraw a foot. 不足以取天下。. Lean years follow in the wake of a great war. But I alone am aimless and depressed. Whatever is contrary to Tao will not last long. For other English-language translations of this work, see, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0, https://en.wikisource.org/w/index.php?title=Translation:Tao_Te_Ching&oldid=10592898, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. to act at a fit time. Acquaint with humility and be unhumiliated, 使民不爲盜。 If you try to take his place, These things from ancient times arise from one: Therefore, when the Dao is lost there is Virtue, 德善矣， It is the redeemer of evilness. He lets go of that and chooses this. Bearing yet not possessing, Be the valley of the universe! Cannot be possessed for profit, 德畜之， Under heaven nothing is more soft and yielding than water. "A violent man will die a violent death!" The Dao becomes glorified and are used to fool the crowd. Set things in order before there is confusion. 其出彌遠，其知彌少。 Return to the infinite. Cast out without out-casting, 無所陳之； 美言可以巿， They differ in many details, but in only one major respect: the order of the two books that constitute the text. When everyone feels lavished, In Chinese, âtaoâ means âpath,â âteâ means âvirtue,â âchingâ means âancient text.â So this book is an ancient Chinese text that lays out the path to virtue (in the eyes of the likely mythical Lao Tzu). It stays with good men all the time. 含德之厚， The Tao of heaven is like the bending of a bow. And be reborn. And the Virtue in each one refreshes both. Tao Quote Categories Here are the 388 Tao quotes extracted from the Tao Te ching by Lao Tzu, sorted into 19 topics. 是以難治。 損有餘而補不足。 輕則失臣， Something mysteriously formed, 富貴而驕，自遺其咎。 寵辱若驚， The depth of their knowledge is unfathomable. Who can remain still until the moment of action? 以國觀國； Work is done, then forgotten. 美言不信； If men are not afraid to die, Good deeds can gain respect. Achieve greatness in little things. The more he does for people, the more he has; And is concerned with the people. And bandits and thieves will disappear. And men will rediscover filial piety and love. Untangle the knot, 將欲歙之，必固張之； And if a small country submits to a great country, Once the classes are identified, one soon sees the limitations. The commander-in-chief on the right. Not daring to be on top of the world, 治大國若烹小鮮。 無厭其所生。 心使氣曰強。 Cometh towards unharmful doctrines, That is the ultimate unity with timelessness. In the universe great acts are made up of small deeds. The more he gives to others, the greater his abundance. Oh, it is dim and dark, and yet within is essence. Then there is nothing insurmountable, Great fullness seems empty, Creating, yet not possessing. My actions are disciplined. If one is sick of sickness, then one is not sick. To be restless is to lose one's control. 學不學， ambitions and strengthening bones. Therefore the sage, travelling all day, When the court is arrayed in splendor, 王亦大。 you will only hurt your hand. Therefore he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough. Hence the world finds pleasure in pushing the master ahead Therefore followers of Tao never use them. Exhausted, one exhibit freshness, That is making out like bandits! 躁則失君。. Those who discredit the Dao seem honorable, 不敢以取強。 動善時。 Yet it does not outlive its usefulness. Is in front yet the people is not offended, He who is attached to things will suffer much. But never boast. Those who truly know how to capture the essence of living, I do not know its name. Why should you want to read this translation? honor, then the world will be able to be reposed in you. Is not about enlightening the people with it, Being great, it is desolated, 不愛其資， Henricks.' They do not quarrel, People, without ordinance, becomes orderly. He never experiences them. My actions are disciplined. Water give life to the ten thousand things and does not strive. Earth follows heaven. 夫唯不爭， 是以君子終日行不離輜重； 果而勿矜， Soften the glare, 當其無，有車之用。 言善信， Tao bears them Te nurses them Events form them Energy completes them. To be light is to lose one's root. Act without act, High and low rest upon each other; The text's true authorship and date of composition or compilation are still debated, but modern scholarship dates the bulk of the text as having been written, or at least compiled later than the earliest portions of the Zhuangzi. 沒身不殆。. Donât value scarce things, Protect â¦ The sage never tries to store things up. 不以兵強天下， 是謂玄德。. Guard your senses. 是以無德。 It appeal is universal, and has been found relevant by Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and even Quantum Physicists. Is like the arching bow! 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