Tao 27

A good traveller follows old paths.
A good speaker needs no dictionary.
A good actuary needs no calculator.

A good separation will not require locked doors to maintain it.
A good union will not require ropes or knots to maintain it.

These are the lessons of the sage,
who teaches all,
rejecting no one.

Teacher and student
are like craftsman and material:
One without the other is incomplete.

This is the key to wisdom.

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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