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. 81.

Section De – Chapter LXXXI

True words are not fine-sounding;
Fine-sounding words are not true.
The good man does not prove by argument;
The he who proves by argument is not good.
True wisdom is different from much learning;
Much learning means little wisdom.
The Sage has no need to hoard;
When his own last scrap has been used up on behalf of others,
Lo, he has more than before!
When his own last scrap has been used up in giving to other,
Lo, his stock is even greater than before!
For heaven's way is to sharpen without cutting,
And the Sage's way is to act without striving.  

Waley 81

真实的话不好听, 好听的话不真实。行为良善的人不狡辩, 狡辩的人不良善。真正有学问的人, 知道学无涯, 因此处处虚心向别人请教。一知半解的人, 以为什么都知道, 到处卖弄自己。
圣人没有私心, 什么都无保留, 他尽量帮助别人, 自己反而充足。
圣人顺天而行, 只有贡献施与, 不和人家争夺。


Truthful words are not beautiful;
Beautiful words are not truthful.
Good words are not persuasive;
Persuasive words are not good.
He who knows has no wide learning;
He who has wide learning does not know.

The sage does not hoard.
Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more;
Having given all he has to others, he is richer still.

The way of heaven benefits and does not harm;
The way of the sage is bountiful and does not contend.

Lau 81

Les paroles sincères ne sont pas élégantes ; les paroles élégantes ne sont pas sincères.
L'homme vertueux n'est pas disert ; celui qui est disert n'est pas vertueux.
Celui qui connaît (le Tao) n'est pas savant ; celui qui est savant ne le connaît pas.
Le Saint n'accumule pas (les richesses).
Plus il emploie (sa vertu) dans l'intérêt des hommes, et plus elle augmente.
Plus il donne aux hommes et plus il s'enrichit. Telle est la voie du ciel, qu'il est utile aux êtres et ne leur nuit point. Telle est la voie du Saint, qu'il agit et ne dispute point.

Julien 81

Wahre Worte sind nicht schön,
schöne Worte sind nicht wahr.
Tüchtigkeit überredet nicht,
Überredung ist nicht tüchtig.
Der Weise ist nicht gelehrt,
der Gelehrte ist nicht weise.
Du Berufene häuft keinen Besitz auf.
Je mehr er für andere tut,
desto mehr besitzt er.
Je mehr er anderen gibt,
desto mehr hat er.
Des Himmels SINN ist fördern, ohne zu schaden.
Des Berufenen SINN ist wirken, ohne zu streiten.

Wilhelm 81

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