19  in  Tao Te Ching

Book Chapter by Lao Tze

If we could renounce our sageness and discard our wisdom, it

would be better for the people a hundredfold. If we could renounce

our benevolence and discard our righteousness, the people would again

become filial and kindly. If we could renounce our artful

contrivances and discard our (scheming for) gain, there would be no

thieves nor robbers.

2  in  Tao Te Ching

Book Chapter by Lao Tze

All in the world know the beauty of the beautiful, and in doing

this they have (the idea of) what ugliness is; they all know the skill

of the skilful, and in doing this they have (the idea of) what the

want of skill is.

20  in  Tao Te Ching

Book Chapter by Lao Tze

When we renounce learning we have no troubles.

The (ready) ‘yes,’ and (flattering) ‘yea;’—

Small is the difference they display.

But mark their issues, good and ill;—

What space the gulf between shall fill?

What all men fear is indeed to be feared; but how wide and without end

is the range of questions (asking to be discussed)!

21  in  Tao Te Ching

Book Chapter by Lao Tze

The grandest forms of active force

From Tao come, their only source.

Who can of Tao the nature tell?

Our sight it flies, our touch as well.

Eluding sight, eluding touch,

The forms of things all in it crouch;

Eluding touch, eluding sight,

There are their semblances, all right.

Profound it is, dark and obscure;

Things’ essences all there endure.

Those essences the truth enfold

Of what, when seen, shall then be told.

Now it is so; ’twas so of old.

Its name—what passes not away;

So, in their beautiful array,

Things form and never know decay.

22  in  Tao Te Ching

Book Chapter by Lao Tze

The partial becomes complete; the crooked, straight; the empty,

full; the worn out, new. He whose (desires) are few gets them; he

whose (desires) are many goes astray.

23  in  Tao Te Ching

Book Chapter by Lao Tze

Abstaining from speech marks him who is obeying the spontaneity

of his nature. A violent wind does not last for a whole morning; a

sudden rain does not last for the whole day. To whom is it that these

(two) things are owing? To Heaven and Earth. If Heaven and Earth

cannot make such (spasmodic) actings last long, how much less can man!

24  in  Tao Te Ching

Book Chapter by Lao Tze

He who stands on his tiptoes does not stand firm; he who stretches

his legs does not walk (easily). (So), he who displays himself does

not shine; he who asserts his own views is not distinguished; he who

vaunts himself does not find his merit acknowledged; he who is

self-conceited has no superiority allowed to him. Such conditions,

viewed from the standpoint of the Tao, are like remnants of food, or a

tumour on the body, which all dislike. Hence those who pursue (the

course) of the Tao do not adopt and allow them.

25  in  Tao Te Ching

Book Chapter by Lao Tze

There was something undefined and complete, coming into

existence before Heaven and Earth. How still it was and formless,

standing alone, and undergoing no change, reaching everywhere and in

no danger (of being exhausted)! It may be regarded as the Mother of

all things.

27  in  Tao Te Ching

Book Chapter by Lao Tze

The skilful traveller leaves no traces of his wheels or

footsteps; the skilful speaker says nothing that can be found fault

with or blamed; the skilful reckoner uses no tallies; the skilful

closer needs no bolts or bars, while to open what he has shut will be

impossible; the skilful binder uses no strings or knots, while to

unloose what he has bound will be impossible. In the same way the

sage is always skilful at saving men, and so he does not cast away any

man; he is always skilful at saving things, and so he does not cast

away anything. This is called ‘Hiding the light of his procedure.’