The beautiful and insightful ‘Tao Te Ching’

 

What is the ‘Tao Te Ching‘?

The Tao Te Ching, or Dao De Jing,  is a Chinese classic text traditionally credited to the 6th-century BCE sage, Lao Tzu (Laozi). It is a very interesting and deep text, and well worth studying.

Here are a few wonderful quotes from the Stephen Mitchell translation:

 

  • The Tao is like a well: used but never used up. It is like the eternal void; filled with infinite possibilities

 

  • The Tao is called the Great Mother; empty yet inexhaustible, it gives birth to infinite worlds. It is always present within you. You can use it any way you want.

 

  • When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you

 

  • If you don’t realize the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realize where you came from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kind hearted as a grandmother, dignified as a King. Immersed in the wonder of the Tao, you can deal with whatever life brings you, and when death comes, you are ready

 

  • He who tries to shine dims his own light. He who defines himself can’t know who he really is. He who has power over others can’t empower himself. He who clings to his work, will create nothing that endures

 

  • Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power

 

  • If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich

 

  • If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself

 

  • Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you

 

  • Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe

 

  • The more you know, the less you understand

 

  • If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to

 

The above quotes represent just a few of my favorites. This book includes a lot of deep knowledge and valuable insights. The Stephen Mitchell translation is one of the favorites. Check it out and find your own favorite gems.

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