Chapters 44 – 49

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Chapter 44


Which is more valuable
Fame or integrity?
Which is more worthy
Wellbeing or wealth?
Which is more ill
Gain or loss?
If you have lavish desires
You are bound to spend lavishly.
If you possess everything
You are bound to lose everything.

Be content with what you have
Appreciate the way things are
You will live
Long and fulfilling

Chapter 45


True perfection seems imperfect
Yet it is true to itself
True richness seems empty
Yet it is inexhaustible
The most upright may appear bent
The most skilled may seem clumsy
True eloquence may be stuttering
Stillness overcomes anxiety
Coolness calms down unrest
Tranquility becomes the anchor for the whole world

Chapter 46


When the world lives in accord with the Way,
Warhorses are retiring to haul refuse carts.
When the Tao is abandoned,
Warheads are stockpiled in the countryside.

There is no greater curse than dissatisfaction
No greater misfortune than wanting something for oneself
One who knows that enough is enough
Will always have enough.

Chapter 47


One may know the whole world without leaving home.
One may see the Way of Heaven without looking through the window.
The farther you go, the less you know.

Therefore the Master arrives without traveling,
Sees without looking,
Works without doing.

Chapter 48


In pursuit of knowledge
Every day something is acquired.
In the practice of Tao
Every day something is dropped.
Less and less do you need to force things
Until non-action is achieved.
When nothing is done,
Nothing is left undone.

One who lets things be, has conquered oneself and the world.
One who wants a lot, is a slave to oneself
And defeated by the world.

Chapter 49


The Sage has no opinion at all,
But regards others’ needs and wants as his/her principles.

She/he treats everybody the same
Regardless of their character or quality.
This is true kindness.

She/he trusts everybody
No matter they are trustworthy or untrustworthy.
This is true trust.

The Master’s mind is like space.
People may not understand her.
They look to her for inspiration.
The Master regards them as her own children.