A man on tiptoe
can’t walk easily.
The man who strides on ahead is bound to tire.
The kind of person who always insists
on his way of seeing things
can never learn anything from anyone.
Those who always want to be seen
will never help others to be.
The showman is never
secretly respected by anyone.
People like these, say the Wise Ones
are as useless as the left-over food at the feast:
No true follower can...
Heaven and earth are enduring.
The universe can live for ever,
because it does not live for itself.
And so both last – outliving themselves.
The sage guides his people
by putting himself last.
Desiring nothing for himself.
he knows how to channel desires.
And is it not because he wants nothing
that he is able to achieve everything?
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Heaven and earth are not like humans.
The Tao does not act like a human.
They don’t expect to be thanked
for making life,
so they view it without expectation.
Heaven and earth are like a pair of bellows:
they are empty, and yet they can never be exhausted.
Work them, and they produce more and more
- there’s too much talking, it’s really better to stay quiet.
There are too many laws, when all you...
If you’ve had a real set-to with someone
And you’ve tried to patch it up -
And there’s still some bitterness, what can you do?
I tell you: repay bitterness with good.
Those who practice Te hold credit
- but don’t demand repayment.
Those who practice Virtue do their bit
- and those without it will expect you to .
The Tao of Heaven
doesn’t deal in nepotism -
it just graces good people,...
From its first days, the universe came from the One:
The heavens are one, and clear, and round because of it
The earth is one, and is its firm infused foundation . . .
The spirit force is one, with all it brings into being –
The valley is a oneness, and so it flows and renews all things,
Everything is one – every living thing is one, and alive!
Kinds and lords are one in a kingdom that is one: