The Tao Te Ching: Verse Eighty-One

True words are not beautiful Beautiful words are not true Those who are good do not debate Those who debate are not good Those who know are not broad of knowledge Those who are broad of knowledge do not know Sages do not accumulate The more they assist others, the more they possess The more […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Eighty

Small country, few people Let them have many weapons but not use them Let the people regard death seriously And not migrate far away Although they have boats and chariots They have no need to take them Although they have armors and weapons They have no need to display them Let the people return to […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Seventy-Nine

After settling a great dispute There must be remaining resentments How can this be considered good? Therefore the sage holds the left part of the contract But does not demand payment from the other person Those who have virtue hold the contract Those without virtue hold the collections The Heavenly Tao has no favorites It […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Seventy-Eight

Nothing in the world is softer or weaker than water Yet nothing is better at overcoming the hard and strong This is because nothing can replace it That the weak overcomes the strong And the soft overcomes the hard Everybody in the world knows But cannot put into practice Therefore sages say: The one who […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Seventy-Seven

The Tao of Heaven is like drawing a bow Lower that which is high; raise that which is low Reduce that which has excess; add to that which is lacking The Tao of heaven reduces the excessive and adds to the lacking. The Tao of people is not so. It reduces the lacking in order […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Seventy-Six

While alive, the body is soft and pliant When dead, it is hard and rigid All living things, grass and trees, While alive, are soft and supple When dead, become dry and brittle Thus that which is hard and stiff is the follower of death That which is soft and yielding is the follower of […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Seventy-Five

Is due to the glut in their ruler’s pursuit of life The people’s hunger Is due to the excess of their ruler’s taxation So they starve The people’s difficulty in being governed Is due to the meddling of their ruler So they are difficult to govern The people’s disregard for death So they disregard death […]

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