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Tao Te Ching Chapter 47 | Lao-Tzu | Comparative Translations

The Way of Virtue





Without going outside his door, one understands (all that takes place) under the sky; without looking out from his window, one sees the Tao of Heaven. The farther that one goes out (from himself), the less he knows.


Therefore the sages got their knowledge without travelling; gave their (right) names to things without seeing them; and accomplished their ends without any purpose of doing so.

Without opening your door,

you can open your heart to the world.

Without looking out your window,

you can see the essence of the Tao.


The more you know,

the less you understand.


The Master arrives without leaving,

sees the light without looking,

achieves without doing a thing.




Translated by J. Legge





Translated by Stephen Mitchell
















 

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