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Tao Te Ching Chapter 49 | Lao-Tzu | Comparative Translations

The Way of Virtue





The sage has no invariable mind of his own; he makes the mind of the people his mind.


To those who are good (to me), I am good; and to those who are not good (to me), I am also good;--and thus (all) get to be good. To those who are sincere (with me), I am sincere; and to those who are not sincere (with me), I am also sincere;--and thus (all) get to be

sincere.


The sage has in the world an appearance of indecision, and keeps his mind in a state of indifference to all. The people all keep their eyes and ears directed to him, and he deals with them all as his children.

The Master has no mind of her own.

She works with the mind of the people.


She is good to people who are good.

She is also good to people who aren't good.

This is true goodness.


She trusts people who are trustworthy.

She also trusts people who aren't trustworthy.

This is true trust.


The Master's mind is like space.

People don't understand her.

They look to her and wait.

She treats them like her own children.




Translated by J. Legge





Translated by Stephen Mitchell

















 

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