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The Tao Teh King, or the Tao and its Characteristics

The Tao Teh King, or the Tao and its Characteristics by Laozi

Lao-Tze’s Tao Teh King illuminates The Tao: a guiding principle of the universe and all within it. By exploring the nature of dualities and complements, Lao-Tze dissects strength and weakness; presence and absence; life and death. The Tao Teh King has served as a foundation for centuries of philosophy and wisdom.
(Summary by Eric S. Piotrowski)

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by Lao Tse

Translated by James Legge


Ch. 1. 1. The Tao that can be trodden is not the enduring and unchanging Tao. The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name.

2. (Conceived of as) having no name, it is the Originator of heaven and earth; (conceived of as) having a name, it is the Mother of all things.


Always without desire we must be found, If its deep mystery we would sound; But if desire always within us be, Its outer fringe is all that we shall see.

4. Under these two aspects, it is really the same; but as development takes place, it receives the different names. Together we call them the Mystery. Where the Mystery is the deepest is the gate of all that is subtle and wonderful.

2. 1. All in the world know the beauty of the beautiful, and in doing this they have (the idea of) what ugliness is; they all know the skill of the skilful, and in doing this they have (the idea of) what the want of skill is... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - October 1, 2013
Subject: Sean
Sean I would have agreed with you until I became a Christian. This book still has great proverbs in it, I believe, but it falls short of the Truth which is found in Christ Jesus.
Reviewer: - July 9, 2013
Reviewer: - May 23, 2013
Who would give this one star? It's the best book ever written. If you get to the end of any religion, and I mean ANY of them, take your pick--well, once you've trimmed away all the garbage and arrived at the reality of things, what you're left with is the Tao Te Ching. If you're a person on the Path-well, here's your shortcut to the end of it.

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