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Daode jing

Translated by Charles Muller,

Tōyō Gakuen University

Table of Contents

 

  1. The Dao that can be followed is not the eternal Dao

  2. All in the world recognize the beautiful as beautiful

  3. If you do not adulate the worthy...

  4. The Dao is so vast...

  5. Heaven and Earth are not humane...

  6. The valley spirit never dies...

  7. Heaven and Earth last forever...

  8. The highest goodness is like water...

  9. To hold until full is not as good as stopping...

  10. Pacifying the agitated material soul...

  11. Thirty spokes join together in the hub...

  12. The five colors blind our eyes...

  13. Accept humiliation as a surprise...

  14. Look for it, it cannot be seen...

  15. The ancient masters of the Dao...

  16. Effect emptiness to the extreme...

  17. From great antiquity forth they have known and possessed it...

  18. When the great Dao perishes...

  19. Get rid of "holiness" ...

  20. Get rid of "learning" ...

  21. The form of great virtue...

  22. The imperfect is completed...

  23. To speak little is natural...

  24. Standing on tiptoe, you are unsteady...

  25. There is something that is perfect in its disorder...

  26. Heaviness is the root of lightness...

  27. A good traveler leaves no tracks...

  28. Know the Masculine, cleave to the Feminine...

  29. If you want to grab the world and run it...

  30. If you used the Dao as a principle for ruling...

  31. Sharp weapons are inauspicious instruments...

  32. The Dao is always nameless...

  33. If you understand others you are smart...

  34. The Dao is like a great flooding river...

  35. Holding to the Great Form...

  36. That which will be shrunk...

  37. The Dao is always "not-doing" ...

  38. True virtue is not virtuous...

  39. These in the past have attained wholeness...

  40. Return is the motion of the Dao...

  41. When superior students hear of the Dao...

  42. The Dao produces one, one produces two...

  43. The softest thing in the world...

  44. Which is dearer, fame or your life?

  45. Great perfection seems flawed...

  46. When the Dao prevails in the land...

  47. Without going out the door, knowing everything...

  48. In studying, each day something is gained...

  49. The sage has no fixed mind...

  50. Coming into life and entering death...

  51. Dao gives birth to it...

  52. All things have a beginning, which we can regard as their Mother...

  53. If I had just a little bit of wisdom...

  54. The well-established cannot be uprooted...

  55. One who remains rich in virtuous power...

  56. One who knows does not speak...

  57. Use fairness in governing the state...

  58. When the government is laid back...

  59. In governing the country and serving Heaven...

  60. Ruling a large country is like cooking a small fish...

  61. The great state should be like a river basin...

  62. The Dao is hidden deeply in all things...

  63. Do without "doing" ...

  64. That which is at rest is easy to grasp...

  65. The ancients who were skillful at the Dao...

  66. The reason the river and sea can be regarded as...

  67. The reason everybody calls my Dao great...

  68. The best warrior is never aggressive...

  69. Strategists have a saying...

  70. My words are easy to understand...

  71. There is nothing better than to know that you don't know...

  72. When the people do not fear your might...

  73. If you are courageous in daring you will die...

  74. If the people don't fear death...

  75. The reason people starve...

  76. When people are born they are gentle and soft...

  77. The Way of Heaven...

  78. Nothing in the world is softer than water...

  79. After calming great anger...

  80. Let there be a small country with few people...

  81. True words are not fancy...