Tao Te Ching – Verse 56 – Those who know don’t talk

 

56
Those who know don’t talk.
Those who talk don’t know.

 

Close your mouth,
block off your senses,
blunt your sharpness,
untie your knots,
soften your glare,
settle your dust.
This is the primal identity.

Be like the Tao.
It can’t be approached or withdrawn from,
benefited or harmed,
honored or brought into disgrace.
It gives itself up continually.
That is why it endures.

(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)
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Those who know do not talk
Those who talk do not know

Close the mouth
Shut the doors
Blunt the sharpness
Unravel the knots
Dim the glare
Mix the dust
This is called Mystic Oneness

They cannot obtain this and be closer
They cannot obtain this and be distant
They cannot obtain this and be benefited
They cannot obtain this and be harmed
They cannot obtain this and be valued
They cannot obtain this and be degraded
Therefore, they become honored by the world

(translation by Derek Lin, 2006)
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This world is not as it may seem.
The ignorant are intelligent,
And the intelligent are ignorant.
The strong are weak,
And the weak are strong.
The eyes are the windows of the soul.
But the soul is Nothing.
Left with this Paradox,
All things dissolve
Into the Bliss of Zero, Nothingness.
Frustration occurs when seeing Zero.
One thinks it may be something.
It is Nothingness.

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

 

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