The Tao Te Ching: Verse Thirty-One

A strong military, a tool of misfortune All things detest it Therefore, those who possess the Tao avoid it Honorable gentlemen, while at home, value the left When deploying the military, value the right The military is a tool of misfortune Not the tool of honorable gentlemen When using it out of necessity Calm detachment […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Thirty

The one who uses the Tao to advise the ruler Does not dominate the world with soldiers Such methods tend to be returned The place where the troops camp Thistles and thorns grow Following the great army There must be an inauspicious year A good commander achieves result, then stops And does not dare to […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Twenty-Nine

Those who wish to take the world and control it I see that they cannot succeed The world is a sacred instrument One cannot control it The one who controls it will fail The one who grasps it will lose Because all things: Either lead or follow Either blow hot or cold Either have strength […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Twenty-Eight

Know the masculine, hold to the feminine Be the watercourse of the world Being the watercourse of the world The eternal virtue does not depart Return to the state of the infant Know the white, hold to the black Be the standard of the world Being the standard of the world The eternal virtue does […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Twenty-Seven

Good traveling does not leave tracks Good speech does not seek faults Good reckoning does not use counters Good closure needs no bar and yet cannot be opened Good knot needs no rope and yet cannot be untied Therefore sages often save others And so do not abandon anyone They often save things And so […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Twenty-Six

Heaviness is the root of lightness Quietness is the master of restlessness Therefore the sages travel an entire day Without leaving the heavy supplies Even though there are luxurious sights They are composed and transcend beyond How can the lords of ten thousand chariots Apply themselves lightly to the world? To be light is to […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Twenty-Five

There is something formlessly created Born before Heaven and Earth So serene! So ethereal! Independent and changeless Circulating and ceaseless It can be regarded as the mother of the world I do not know its name Identifying it, I call it “Tao” Forced to describe it, I call it great Great means passing. Passing means […]

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