Tao Te Ching – Verse 81 – True words aren’t eloquent; eloquent words aren’t true.

81
True words aren’t eloquent;
eloquent words aren’t true.
Wise men don’t need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren’t wise.

The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others,
the happier he is.
The more he gives to others,
the wealthier he is.

The Tao nourishes by not forcing.
By not dominating, the Master leads.

(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)
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True words are not beautiful
Beautiful words are not true
Those who are good do not debate
Those who debate are not good
Those who know are not broad of knowledge
Those who are broad of knowledge do not know

Sages do not accumulate
The more they assist others, the more they possess
The more they give to others, the more they gain

The Tao of heaven
Benefits and does not harm
The Tao of sages
Assists and does not contend

(translation by Derek Lin, 2006)
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Written into Zero is fulfillment.

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THE END.

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

 

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