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Tao Te Ching Chapter 60 | Lao-Tzu | Comparative Translations

The Way of Virtue





Governing a great state is like cooking small fish.


Let the kingdom be governed according to the Tao, and the manes of the departed will not manifest their spiritual energy. It is not that those manes have not that spiritual energy, but it will not be employed to hurt men. It is not that it could not hurt men, but neither does the ruling sage hurt them.


When these two do not injuriously affect each other, their good influences converge in the virtue (of the Tao).

Governing a large country

is like frying a small fish.

You spoil it with too much poking.


Center your country in the Tao

and evil will have no power.

Not that it isn't there,

but you'll be able to step out of its way.


Give evil nothing to oppose

and it will disappear by itself.




Translated by J. Legge





Translated by Stephen Mitchell


















 

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