Verses 1-20 of the Tao Te Ching

  1. The Master keeps her mind always at one with the Tao.
  2. If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial.
  3. Express yourself completely, then keep quiet.
  4. He who stands on tiptoe doesn’t stand firm.
  5. There was something formless and perfect before the universe was born.
  6. The heavy is the root of the light.
  7. A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.
  8. Know the male, yet keep to the female.
  9. Do you think you can take over the universe and improve it?
  10. Whoever relies on the Tao in governing men doesn’t try to force issues or defeat enemies by force of arms.
  11. Weapons are the tools of violence; all decent men detest them.
  12. The Tao can’t be perceived.
  13. Those who know others are intelligent.
  14. The great Tao flows everywhere.
  15. She who is centered in the Tao can go where she wishes, without danger.
  16. If you want to shrink something, you must first allow it to expand.
  17. The Tao never does anything, yet through it all things are done.
  18. The Master doesn’t try to be powerful; thus she is truly powerful.
  19. In harmony with the Tao, the sky is clear and spacious, the earth is solid and full, all creatures flourish together, content with the way they are, endlessly repeating themselves, endlessly renewed.
  20. Return is the movement of the Tao.

Verses 1-20
Verses 41-60
Verses 61-81




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