Tao Te Ching – Verse 40 – Return is the movement of the Tao

40
Return is the movement of the Tao.
Yielding is the way of the Tao.

All things are born of being.
Being is born of non-being.

(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)
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The returning is the movement of the Tao
The weak is the utilization of the Tao

The myriad things of the world are born of being
Being is born of non-being

(translation by Derek Lin, 2006)
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If Nothingness were to move (which it does not),
It would move to Itself.
Nothing can be denied it.
Were Nothingness not real (which it is),
It would be its Game of Bliss.

(translation by Jeremy M. Miller, 2013)
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from I Ching Online

 

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