Book – Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching is a Chinese classic text written about two thousand years ago. Its title is often translated as “The Book of The Way.” Although it is just 81 verses long, it contains the wisdom of the ages. This particular edition is a translation by Stephen Mitchell.

On Knowledge

Not-knowing is true knowledge.
Presuming to know is a disease.
First realise that you are sick;
then you can move toward health.
- Tao Te Ching, verse 71

On Religion

When they lose their sense of awe,
people turn to religion.
When they no longer trust themselves,
they begin to depend on authority.
- Tao Te Ching, verse 72

Wait and watch

Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
- Tao Te Ching, verse 15

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