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Tao Te Ching Chapter 26 | Lao-Tzu | Comparative Translations

The Way of Virtue





Gravity is the root of lightness; stillness, the ruler of

movement.


Therefore a wise prince, marching the whole day, does not go far from his baggage waggons. Although he may have brilliant prospects to look at, he quietly remains (in his proper place), indifferent to them. How should the lord of a myriad chariots carry himself lightly

before the kingdom? If he do act lightly, he has lost his root (of gravity); if he proceed to active movement, he will lose his throne.

The heavy is the root of the light.

The unmoved is the source of all movement.


Thus the Master travels all day

without leaving home.

However splendid the views,

she stays serenely in herself.


Why should the lord of the country

flit about like a fool?

If you let yourself be blown to and fro,

you lose touch with your root.

If you let restlessness move you,

you lose touch with who you are.




Translated by J. Legge





Translated by Stephen Mitchell















 

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