bobby1933 (bobby1933) wrote in daily_tao,

Chapter 41

41.1 When superior people hear of the Way,
       they carry it out with diligence.
       When middling people hear of the way,
       it sometimes seems to be there, sometimes not.
41.2 When lesser people hear of the Way,
       they ridicule it greatly.
       If they didn't laugh at it, it wouldn't be the Way.
41.3 So there are constructive sayings on this:
          The Way of illumination seems dark,
          the Way of advancement seems retiring,
          the Way of equality seems to categorize;
          higher virtue seems empty,
          greater purity seems ignominious,
          broad virtue seems insufficient,
41.4   constructive virtue seems careless.
          Simple honesty seems changeable,
          great range has no boundaries,
          great vessels are finished late;
          the great sound has a rarefied tone,
          the great image has no form,
41.5 the Way hides in namelessness.
       Only the Way can enhance and perfect.

Tao Teh Ching - Thomas Cleary Translation
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