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Chapter 21 – The great virtue as manifested is but following Tao.

The great virtue as manifested is but following Tao. Tao is a thing that is both invisible and intangible. Intangible and invisible, yet there are forms in it; Invisible and intangible, yet there is substance in it; Subtle and obscure, there is essence in it; This essence being invariably true, there is faith in it. From of old till now, it has never lost its (nameless) name, Through which the origin of all things...

Chapter 14 – That which we look at and cannot see is called plainness.

That which we look at and cannot see is called plainness. That which we listen to and cannot hear is called rareness. That which we grope for and cannot get is called minuteness. These three cannot be closely examined; So they blend into One. Revealed, it is not dazzling; Hidden, it is not dark. Infinite, it cannot be defined. It goes back to non-existence. It is called the form of the formless, And the image of...

Chapter 67 – All the world says to me: ‘Great as Tao is, it resembles no form

All the world says to me: ‘Great as Tao is, it resembles no form. Because it is great, therefore it resembles no description. If it resembled any description it would have long since become small. I have three treasures, which I hold and keep safe: The first is called love; The second is called moderation; The third is called not venturing to go ahead of the world. Being loving, one can be brave; Being...

Chapter 51 – All of them appear in different forms

Tao produces all things; Virtue feeds them; All of them appear in different forms; Each is perfected by being given power. Therefore none of the numerous things does not honour Tao and esteem virtue. The honouring of Tao and the esteem of virtue are done, not by command, but always of their own accord. Therefore Tao produces them, makes them grow, nourishes them, shelters them, brings them up and protects them....

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