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Tao Te Ching Chapter 71 | Lao-Tzu | Comparative Translations

The Way of Virtue





To know and yet (think) we do not know is the highest

(attainment); not to know (and yet think) we do know is a disease.


It is simply by being pained at (the thought of) having this disease that we are preserved from it. The sage has not the disease.

He knows the pain that would be inseparable from it, and therefore he does not have it.

Not-knowing is true knowledge.

Presuming to know is a disease.

First realize that you are sick;

then you can move toward health.


The Master is her own physician.

She has healed herself of all knowing.

Thus she is truly whole.




Translated by J. Legge





Translated by Stephen Mitchell

















 

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