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. 44.

Section De – Chapter XLIV

Fame or one's own self, which matters to one most?
One's own self or things bought, which should count most?
In the getting or the losing, which is worse?
Hence he who grudges expense pays dearest in the end;
He who has hoarded most will suffer the heaviest loss.
Be content with what you have and are, and no one can despoil you;
Who stops in time nothing can harm.
He is forever safe and secure.

Waley 44

名利与生命相比那一样更亲? 生命与货利相比那一样更贵重? 得到与丧失相比那一样更有害?
过分的追爱要付出重大的消耗, 收藏越多损失越大。
知道满足就不会受到屈辱, 知道适可而止就不会有危险, 就可以长久。


Your name or your person,
Which is dearer?
Your person or your goods,
Which is worth more?
Gain or loss,
Which is a greater bane?
That is why excessive meanness
Is sure to lead to great expense;
Too much store
Is sure to end in immense loss.
Know contentment
And you will suffer no disgrace;
Know when to stop
And you will meet with no danger.
You can then endure.

Lau 44

Qu'est-ce qui nous touche de plus près, de notre gloire ou de notre personne ?
Qu'est-ce qui nous est le plus précieux, de notre personne ou de nos richesses ?
Quel est le plus grand malheur, de les acquérir ou de les perdre ?
C'est pourquoi celui qui a de grandes passion est nécessairement exposé à de grands sacrifices.
Celui qui cache un riche trésor éprouve nécessairement de grandes pertes.
Celui qui sait se suffire est à l'abri du déshonneur.
Celui qui sait s'arrêter ne périclite jamais.
Il pourra subsister longtemps.

Julien 44

Der Name oder die Person:
was steht näher?
Die Person oder der Besitz:
was ist mehr?
Gewinnen oder verlieren:
was ist schlimmer?
Nun aber:
Wer sein Herz an andres hängt,
verbraucht notwendig Großes.
Wer viel sammelt,
verliert notwendig Wichtiges.
Wer sich genügen lässt,
kommt nicht in Schande.
Wer Einhalt zu tun weiß,
kommt nicht in Gefahr
und kann so ewig dauern.

Wilhelm 44

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