Tao 3

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If no person is called great, people will not fight over greatness.
If great intrinsic value is not placed on material things, there will be no theft.
To refrain from displaying the value of things will allow people to be satisfied with what they need.

Therefore, the sage would rule by not ruling,
by filling the bellies of their people and keeping their minds at ease,
by strengthening their bones but giving them no reason to fight.

By guarding against the selfish frame of mind, the sage would create a society where the clever scoundrel is out of place.

Stability born of force is not order.
From order flows a stabilizing force.


All 81 chapters of our version of the Tao Te Ching are available online for free here. If you are so inclined, an updated version of our translation is available as an e-book, here.

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  1. […] If no person is called great, people will not fight over greatness. If great intrinsic value is not placed on material things, there will be no theft. To refrain from displaying the value of things will allow people to be satisfied with what they need. Therefore, the sage would rule by not ruling, by filling the bellies of their people and keeping their minds at ease, by strengthening their bones but giving them no reason to fight. By guarding ag … Read More […]



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