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PART II.








If this transformation became to me an object of desire,
If this transformation became to me an object of desire, I woul

(Those who) possessed in highest degree the attributes (of the Tao)
(Those who) possessed in highest degree the attributes (of the

(Those who) possessed in the highest degree those attributes did nothing
(Those who) possessed in the highest degree those attributes di

(Those who) possessed the highest benevolence were (always seeking) to carry
(Those who) possessed the highest benevolence were (always seek

(Those who) possessed the highest (sense of) propriety were (always seeking)
(Those who) possessed the highest (sense of) propriety were (al

Thus it was that when the Tao was lost, its
Thus it was that when the Tao was lost, its attributes appeared

Now propriety is the attenuated form of leal-heartedness and good faith,
Now propriety is the attenuated form of leal-heartedness and go

Thus it is that the Great man abides by what
Thus it is that the Great man abides by what is solid, and esch

The things which from of old have got the One
The things which from of old have got the One (the Tao) are--

If heaven were not thus pure, it soon would rend;
If heaven were not thus pure, it soon would rend; If earth w

Thus it is that dignity finds its (firm) root in
Thus it is that dignity finds its (firm) root in its (previous)

0 The movement of the Tao
0 The movement of the Tao By contraries proceeds; And

All things under heaven sprang from It as existing (and
All things under heaven sprang from It as existing (and named);

Scholars of the highest class, when they hear about the
Scholars of the highest class, when they hear about the Tao, e

Therefore the sentence-makers have thus expressed themselves:-- 'The Tao,
Therefore the sentence-makers have thus expressed themselves:--

The Tao is hidden, and has no name; but it
The Tao is hidden, and has no name; but it is the Tao which is

The Tao produced One; One produced Two; Two produced Three; Three
The Tao produced One; One produced Two; Two produced Three; Th

What men dislike is to be orphans, to have little
What men dislike is to be orphans, to have little virtue, to be

What other men (thus) teach, I also teach The
What other men (thus) teach, I also teach The violent and stro

The softest thing in the world dashes against and overcomes
The softest thing in the world dashes against and overcomes th

There are few in the world who attain to the
There are few in the world who attain to the teaching without w

Or fame or life, Which do
Or fame or life, Which do you hold more dear? Or life

Thus we may see, Who cleaves
Thus we may see, Who cleaves to fame Rejects what is

Who is content Needs fear no shame
Who is content Needs fear no shame Who knows to stop

Who thinks his great achievements poor Shall find
Who thinks his great achievements poor Shall find his vigou

Constant action overcomes cold; being still overcomes heat Purity and
Constant action overcomes cold; being still overcomes heat Pur

When the Tao prevails in the world, they send back
When the Tao prevails in the world, they send back their swift

There is no guilt greater than to sanction ambition; no
There is no guilt greater than to sanction ambition; no calamit

Without going outside his door, one understands (all that takes place)
Without going outside his door, one understands (all that take

Therefore the sages got their knowledge without travelling; gave their (right)
Therefore the sages got their knowledge without travelling; gav

He who devotes himself to learning (seeks) from day to
He who devotes himself to learning (seeks) from day to day to

He diminishes it and again diminishes it, till he arrives
He diminishes it and again diminishes it, till he arrives at do

He who gets as his own all under heaven does
He who gets as his own all under heaven does so by giving himse

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

To those who are good (to me), I am good;
To those who are good (to me), I am good; and to those who are

The sage has in the world an appearance of indecision,
The sage has in the world an appearance of indecision, and keep

0 Men come forth and live; they enter (again)
0 Men come forth and live; they enter (again) and die

Of every ten three are ministers of life (to themselves);
Of every ten three are ministers of life (to themselves); and t

There are also three in every ten whose aim is
There are also three in every ten whose aim is to live, but who

But I have heard that he who is skilful in
But I have heard that he who is skilful in managing the life en

All things are produced by the Tao, and nourished by
All things are produced by the Tao, and nourished by its outfl

This honouring of the Tao and exalting of its operation
This honouring of the Tao and exalting of its operation is not

Thus it is that the Tao produces (all things), nourishes
Thus it is that the Tao produces (all things), nourishes them,

It produces them and makes no claim to the possession
It produces them and makes no claim to the possession of them;

(The Tao) which originated all under the sky is to
(The Tao) which originated all under the sky is to be consider

When the mother is found, we know what her children
When the mother is found, we know what her children should be W

Let him keep his mouth closed, and shut up the
Let him keep his mouth closed, and shut up the portals (of his

The perception of what is small is (the secret of
The perception of what is small is (the secret of clear- sighte

Who uses well his light, Reverting to its
Who uses well his light, Reverting to its (source so) bright

If I were suddenly to become known, and (put into
If I were suddenly to become known, and (put into a position t

The great Tao (or way) is very level and easy;
The great Tao (or way) is very level and easy; but people love

Their court(-yards and buildings) shall be well kept, but their fields
Their court(-yards and buildings) shall be well kept, but their

What (Tao's) skilful planter plants Can
What (Tao's) skilful planter plants Can never be uptorn;

Tao when nursed within one's self,
Tao when nursed within one's self, His vigour will make tr

In this way the effect will be seen in the
In this way the effect will be seen in the person, by the obser

How do I know that this effect is sure to
How do I know that this effect is sure to hold thus all under t

He who has in himself abundantly the attributes (of the
He who has in himself abundantly the attributes (of the Tao) i

(The infant's) bones are weak and its sinews soft, but
(The infant's) bones are weak and its sinews soft, but yet its

To him by whom this harmony is known,
To him by whom this harmony is known, (The secret of) the un

When things have become strong, they (then) become old, which
When things have become strong, they (then) become old, which m

He who knows (the Tao) does not (care to) speak
He who knows (the Tao) does not (care to) speak (about it); he

He (who knows it) will keep his mouth shut and
He (who knows it) will keep his mouth shut and close the portal

(Such an one) cannot be treated familiarly or distantly; he
(Such an one) cannot be treated familiarly or distantly; he is

A state may be ruled by (measures of) correction; weapons
A state may be ruled by (measures of) correction; weapons of w

How do I know that it is so? By
How do I know that it is so? By these facts:--In the kingdom t

Therefore a sage has said, 'I will do nothing (of
Therefore a sage has said, 'I will do nothing (of purpose), and

The government that seems the most unwise, Oft
The government that seems the most unwise, Oft goodness to

Shall we then dispense with correction? The (method of)
Shall we then dispense with correction? The (method of) correc

Therefore the sage is (like) a square which cuts no
Therefore the sage is (like) a square which cuts no one (with i

For regulating the human (in our constitution) and rendering the (proper)
For regulating the human (in our constitution) and rendering t

It is only by this moderation that there is effected
It is only by this moderation that there is effected an early r

He who possesses the mother of the state may continue
He who possesses the mother of the state may continue long His

0 Governing a great state is like cooking small
0 Governing a great state is like cooking small fish

Let the kingdom be governed according to the Tao, and
Let the kingdom be governed according to the Tao, and the manes

When these two do not injuriously affect each other, their
When these two do not injuriously affect each other, their good

What makes a great state is its being (like) a
What makes a great state is its being (like) a low-lying, down

(To illustrate from) the case of all females:--the female always overcomes
(To illustrate from) the case of all females:--the female alway

Thus it is that a great state, by condescending to
Thus it is that a great state, by condescending to small states

The great state only wishes to unite men together and
The great state only wishes to unite men together and nourish t

Tao has of all things the most honoured place
Tao has of all things the most honoured place No treasures

(Its) admirable words can purchase honour; (its) admirable deeds can raise
(Its) admirable words can purchase honour; (its) admirable deed

Therefore when the sovereign occupies his place as the Son
Therefore when the sovereign occupies his place as the Son of H

Why was it that the ancients prized this Tao so
Why was it that the ancients prized this Tao so much? Was it n

(It is the way of the Tao) to act without
(It is the way of the Tao) to act without (thinking of) acting

(The master of it) anticipates things that are difficult while
(The master of it) anticipates things that are difficult while

He who lightly promises is sure to keep but little
He who lightly promises is sure to keep but little faith; he wh

That which is at rest is easily kept hold of;
That which is at rest is easily kept hold of; before a thing h

The tree which fills the arms grew from the tiniest
The tree which fills the arms grew from the tiniest sprout; the

He who acts (with an ulterior purpose) does harm; he
He who acts (with an ulterior purpose) does harm; he who takes

Therefore the sage desires what (other men) do not desire,
Therefore the sage desires what (other men) do not desire, and

The ancients who showed their skill in practising the Tao
The ancients who showed their skill in practising the Tao did

The difficulty in governing the people arises from their having much
The difficulty in governing the people arises from their having

He who knows these two things finds in them also
He who knows these two things finds in them also his model and

That whereby the rivers and seas are able to receive
That whereby the rivers and seas are able to receive the homag

In this way though he has his place above them,
In this way though he has his place above them, men do not feel

Therefore all in the world delight to exalt him and
Therefore all in the world delight to exalt him and do not wear

All the world says that, while my Tao is great,
All the world says that, while my Tao is great, it yet appears

But I have three precious things which I prize and
But I have three precious things which I prize and hold fast T

With that gentleness I can be bold; with that economy
With that gentleness I can be bold; with that economy I can be

Gentleness is sure to be victorious even in battle, and
Gentleness is sure to be victorious even in battle, and firmly

He who in (Tao's) wars has skill
He who in (Tao's) wars has skill Assumes no martial port;

A master of the art of war has said, 'I
A master of the art of war has said, 'I do not dare to be the

There is no calamity greater than lightly engaging in war
There is no calamity greater than lightly engaging in war To d

0 My words are very easy to know, and
0 My words are very easy to know, and very easy to practise; bu

There is an originating and all-comprehending (principle) in my words, and
There is an originating and all-comprehending (principle) in my

They who know me are few, and I am on
They who know me are few, and I am on that account (the more) t

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

It is simply by being pained at (the thought of)
It is simply by being pained at (the thought of) having this di

When the people do not fear what they ought to
When the people do not fear what they ought to fear, that whic

Let them not thoughtlessly indulge themselves in their ordinary life; let
Let them not thoughtlessly indulge themselves in their ordinary

It is by avoiding such indulgence that such weariness does
It is by avoiding such indulgence that such weariness does not

Therefore the sage knows (these things) of himself, but does
Therefore the sage knows (these things) of himself, but does no

He whose boldness appears in his daring (to do wrong,
He whose boldness appears in his daring (to do wrong, in defia

It is the way of Heaven not to strive, and
It is the way of Heaven not to strive, and yet it skilfully ove

The people do not fear death; to what purpose is
The people do not fear death; to what purpose is it to (try to

There is always One who presides over the infliction death
There is always One who presides over the infliction death He

The people suffer from famine because of the multitude of
The people suffer from famine because of the multitude of taxe

The people are difficult to govern because of the (excessive) agency
The people are difficult to govern because of the (excessive) a

The people make light of dying because of the greatness
The people make light of dying because of the greatness of thei

Man at his birth is supple and weak; at his
Man at his birth is supple and weak; at his death, firm and st

Thus it is that firmness and strength are the concomitants
Thus it is that firmness and strength are the concomitants of d

Hence he who (relies on) the strength of his forces
Hence he who (relies on) the strength of his forces does not co

Therefore the place of what is firm and strong is
Therefore the place of what is firm and strong is below, and th

May not the Way (or Tao) of Heaven be compared
May not the Way (or Tao) of Heaven be compared to the (method

It is the Way of Heaven to diminish superabundance, and
It is the Way of Heaven to diminish superabundance, and to supp

Who can take his own superabundance and therewith serve all
Who can take his own superabundance and therewith serve all und

Therefore the (ruling) sage acts without claiming the results as his;
Therefore the (ruling) sage acts without claiming the results a

There is nothing in the world more soft and weak
There is nothing in the world more soft and weak than water, a

Every one in the world knows that the soft overcomes
Every one in the world knows that the soft overcomes the hard,

Therefore a sage has said, 'He who accepts his
Therefore a sage has said, 'He who accepts his state's reproa

Words that are strictly true seem to be paradoxical
Words that are strictly true seem to be paradoxical

When a reconciliation is effected (between two parties) after a great
When a reconciliation is effected (between two parties) after

Therefore (to guard against this), the sage keeps the left-hand portion
Therefore (to guard against this), the sage keeps the left-hand

In the Way of Heaven, there is no partiality of
In the Way of Heaven, there is no partiality of love; it is alw

0 In a little state with a small population,
0 In a little state with a small population, I would so order i

Though they had boats and carriages, they should have no
Though they had boats and carriages, they should have no occasi

I would make the people return to the use of
I would make the people return to the use of knotted cords (ins

They should think their (coarse) food sweet; their (plain) clothes beautiful;
They should think their (coarse) food sweet; their (plain) clot

There should be a neighbouring state within sight, and the
There should be a neighbouring state within sight, and the voic

Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere
Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere Those

The sage does not accumulate (for himself) The more
The sage does not accumulate (for himself) The more that he ex