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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    9. Retire

    Fill a cup to its brim and it is easily spilled;
    Temper a sword to its hardest and it is easily broken;
    Amass the greatest treasure and it is easily stolen;
    Claim credit and honour and you easily fall;
    Retire once your purpose is achieved - this is natural.

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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    10. Harmony

    Embracing the Way, you become embraced;
    Breathing gently, you become newborn;
    Clearing your mind, you become clear;
    Nurturing your children, you become impartial;
    Opening your heart, you become accepted;
    Accepting the world, you embrace the Way.

    Bearing and nurturing,
    Creating but not owning,
    Giving without demanding,
    This is harmony.

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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    11. Tools

    Thirty spokes meet at a nave;
    Because of the hole we may use the wheel.
    Clay is moulded into a vessel;
    Because of the hollow we may use the cup.
    Walls are built around a hearth;
    Because of the doors we may use the house.
    Thus tools come from what exists,
    But use from what does not.

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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    12. Substance

    Too much colour blinds the eye,
    Too much music deafens the ear,
    Too much taste dulls the palate,
    Too much play maddens the mind,
    Too much desire tears the heart.

    In this manner the sage cares for people:
    He provides for the belly, not for the senses;
    He ignores abstraction and holds fast to substance.

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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    13. Self

    Both praise and blame cause concern,
    For they bring people hope and fear.
    The object of hope and fear is the self -
    For, without self, to whom may fortune and disaster occur?

    Therefore,
    Who distinguishes himself from the world may be given the world,
    But who regards himself as the world may accept the world.

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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    14. Mystery

    Looked at but cannot be seen - it is beneath form;
    Listened to but cannot be heard - it is beneath sound;
    Held but cannot be touched - it is beneath feeling;
    These depthless things evade definition,
    And blend into a single mystery.

    In its rising there is no light,
    In its falling there is no darkness,
    A continuous thread beyond description,
    Lining what can not occur;
    Its form formless,
    Its image nothing,
    Its name silence;
    Follow it, it has no back,
    Meet it, it has no face.

    Attend the present to deal with the past;
    Thus you grasp the continuity of the Way,
    Which is its essence.
     

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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    48. Inaction

    The follower of knowledge learns as much as he can every day;
    The follower of the Way forgets as much as he can every day.

    By attrition he reaches a state of inaction
    Wherein he does nothing, but nothing remains undone.

    To conquer the world, accomplish nothing;
    If you must accomplish something,
    The world remains beyond conquest.
     

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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    49. People

    The sage does not distinguish between himself and the world;
    The needs of other people are as his own.

    He is good to those who are good;
    He is also good to those who are not good,
    Thereby he is good.
    He trusts those who are trustworthy;
    He also trusts those who are not trustworthy,
    Thereby he is trustworthy.

    The sage lives in harmony with the world,
    And his mind is the world's mind.
    So he nurtures the worlds of others
    As a mother does her children.

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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    50. Death

    Men flow into life, and ebb into death.

    Some are filled with life;
    Some are empty with death;
    Some hold fast to life, and thereby perish,
    For life is an abstraction.

    Those who are filled with life
    Need not fear tigers and rhinos in the wilds,
    Nor wear armour and shields in battle;
    The rhinoceros finds no place in them for its horn,
    The tiger no place for its claw,
    The soldier no place for a weapon,
    For death finds no place in them.

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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    51. Nurture

    The Way bears all things;
    Harmony nurtures them;
    Nature shapes them;
    Use completes them.

    Each follows the Way and honours harmony,
    Not by law,
    But by being.

    The Way bears, nurtures, shapes, completes,
    Shelters, comforts, and makes a home for them.

    Bearing without possessing,
    Nurturing without taming,
    Shaping without forcing,
    This is harmony.

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