Dao De Jing Introduction Table of content – The Way and Its Power

The naturalist, individualist and politic doctrine of Lao-tse exhibited in 81 poetic and obscure texts. Tr. Waley (en), Lau (en), Julien (fr) and Wilhelm (de).

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Daodejing II. 72.

Section De – Chapter LXXII

Never mind if the people are not intimidated by your authority. A Mightier Authority will deal with them in the end. Do not narrow their dwelling or harass their lives; and for the very reason that you do not harass them, they will cease to turn from you. Therefore the Sage knows himself but does not show himself. Knows his own value, but does not put himself on high. Truly, he rejects that but takes this”.

Waley 72

当人民不再畏惧统治者的苛政暴行时, 天下就要大乱了。
所以统治者不要威胁人民的生存, 不要压榨人民的生活。
所以圣人有自知之明, 不自持己见, 知道自己位居万民之上, 不求自我表现; 但求自爱而不自显高贵。所以舍弃自见、自贵, 才能获得自知、自爱。


When the people lack a proper sense of awe, then some awful visitationwill descend upon them.

Do not constrict their living space;
Do not press down on their means of livelihood.
It is because you do not press down on them that they will not wearyof the burden.

Hence the sage knows himself but does not display himself,
Loves himself but does not exalt himself.

Therefore he discards the one and takes the other.

Lau 72

Lorsque le peuple ne craint pas les choses redoutables, ce qu'il y a de plus redoutable (la mort) vient fondre sur lui.
Gardez-vous de vous trouver à l'étroit dans votre demeure, gardez-vous de vous dégoûter de votre sort.
Je ne me dégoûte point du mien, c'est pourquoi il ne m'inspire point de dégoût.
De là vient que le Saint se connaît lui-même et ne se met point en lumière ; il se ménage et ne se prise point.
C'est pourquoi il laisse ceci et adopte cela.

Julien 72

Wenn die Leute das Schreckliche nicht fürchten,
dann kommt der große Schrecken.
Macht nicht eng ihre Wohnung
und nicht verdrießlich ihr Leben.
Denn nur dadurch, daß sie nicht in der Enge leben,
wird ihr Leben nicht verdrießlich.
Also auch der Berufene:
Er erkennt sich selbst, aber er will nicht scheinen.
Er liebt sich selbst, aber er sucht nicht Ehre für sich.
Er entfernt das andere und nimmt dieses.

Wilhelm 72

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