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Random Daodejing - Ch 21 - Manifestations of Tao

Chapter 21 came up just a couple weeks ago in my random picks from the Daodejing. At that time, I focussed on the latter part of the chapter, taking delight in finding a cosmic joke. 168 more words

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Random Daodejing - Ch 11 - The Utility of Not-Being

Thirty spokes unite around the nave;
From their not-being (loss of their individuality)
Arises the utility of the wheel.
Mold clay into a vessel;
From its not-being (in the vessel’s hollow)

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Random Daodejing - Ch 65 - The ancients aimed not to enlighten

The ancients who knew how to follow the Tao
Aimed not to enlighten the people,
But to keep them ignorant.
The reason it is difficult for the people to leave in peace…

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Random Daodejing - Ch 68 - A good soldier is not violent

A good soldier is not violent.
A good fighter is not angry.
A good winner is not vengeful
A good employer is humble.
This is known as the Virtue of not striving.

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Random Daodejing - Ch 21 - The source of all things

From the days of old till now
Its Named (manifested forms) have never ceased,
By which we may view the Father of All Things.
How do I know the shape of the Father of All Things?

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Random Daodejing - Ch 40 - Reversion is the action of Tao

Reversion is the action of Tao.
Gentleness is the function of Tao.
The things of this world come from Being,
And Being (comes) from Non-being.

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Random Daodejing - Ch 29 - Moderation

Therefore the sage avoids excess, extravagance, and arrogance.

Translation – Lau 

This would be a good New Year’s resolution, if I were the type to make New Year’s resolutions.  

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