April 1st, 2013



Truthful words are not beautiful.
Beautiful words are not truthful.
Good men do not argue.
Those who argue are not good.
Those who know are not learned.
The learned do not know.

The sage never tries to store things up.
The more he does for others, the more he has.
The more he gives to others, the greater his abundance.
The Tao of heaven is pointed but does no harm.
The Tao of the sage is work without effort.
The truth isn't flashy.
Flashy words aren't true.

Educated people
aren't always smart.
Smart people
don't always have an education.

Good people don't argue.
People who argue aren't good.

The Masters don't hang on to things.
They're always doing something
for other people,
so they always have more to give.
They give away
whatever they have,
so what they have is worth more.

If you want to get right with Tao,
help other people, don't hurt them.
The Masters always work with people,
never against them.

The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.

Chapter 81

81.1 True words are not beautiful,
       beautiful words are not true.
81.2 The good are not argumentative,
       the argumentative are not good.
81.3 Knowers do not generalize,
       generalists do not know.
81.4 Sages do not accumulate anything
       but give everything to others,
      having more the more they give.
81.5 The Way of heaven helps and does not harm.
       The Way for humans
       is to act without contention.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation