IT lies in the nature of Grand Virtue
BEND and you will be whole.
Have little and you will gain.
Therefore, the Sage embraces the One,
ONLY simple and quiet words will ripen of themselves.
Hence, he who cultivates the Tao is one with the Tao;
To be one with the Tao is to be a welcome accession to the
Deficiency of faith on your part
ONE on tip-toe cannot stand.
THERE was Something undefined and yet complete in
Silent and boundless,
To be great is to go on,
Hence, "Tao is great,
Man follows the ways of the Earth.
HEAVINESS is the root of lightness.
Therefore, the Sage, travelling all day,
Why should a lord of ten thousand chariots
GOOD walking leaves no track behind it;
Hence, the Sage is always good at saving men,
This is called "following the guidance of the Inner
Hence, good men are teachers of bad men,
KNOW the masculine,
Know the white,
Know the glorious,
When Primal Simplicity diversifies,
DOES anyone want to take the world and do what he
The world is a sacred vessel, which must not be
In fact, for all things there is a time for going ahead,
Therefore, the Sage avoids all extremes, excesses and
HE who knows how to guide a ruler in the path
Wherever armies are stationed; thorny bushes grow.
What you want is to protect efficiently your own state,
After you have attained your purpose,
For to be over-developed is to hasten decay,
FINE weapons of war augur evil.
In ordinary life, a gentleman regards the left side as
As weapons are instruments of evil,
To rejoice over a victory is to rejoice over the
On happy occasions the left side is preferred:
TAO is always nameless.
When once the Primal Simplicity diversified,
Is this not the time to stop?
HE who knows men is clever;
He who knows when he has got enough is rich,
THE Great Tao is universal like a flood.
All creatures depend on it,
It does its work,
It clothes and feeds all,
All things return to it as to their home,
It is just because it does not wish to be great
HE who holds the Great Symbol will attract all
Music and dainty dishes can only make a passing guest
WHAT is in the end to be shrunken,
Herein is the subtle wisdom of life:
Just as the fish must not leave the deeps,
TAO never makes any ado,
HIGH Virtue is non-virtuous;
High Virtue makes no fuss and has no private ends
High humanity fusses but has no private ends to serve:
Failing Tao, man resorts to Virtue.
As to foreknowledge, it is only the flower of Tao,
Therefore, the full-grown man sets his heart upon
FROM of old there are not lacking things that have
If the sky were not clear, it would be likely to fall to
Truly, humility is the root from which greatness
That is why barons and princes style themselves
THE movement of the Tao consists in Returning.
All things under heaven are born of the corporeal: