Tao 81

Truth is not fancy, and does not need to be.
In fact, decorations only hide it from sight.

You can’t force people to see truth.
Arguing with them will only draw their attention away from it.

True wisdom is a loss of misconceptions rather than an accumulation of knowledge.
Do not hoard facts and call yourself wise.

Sages realize they have always had enough,
and so do not seek more for themselves.

A sage gives without expecting anything in return,
Helps without obligating.
Their reward is seeing this practice spread to others.

Tao benefits without having to harm.
In turn, the sage acts without having to act against.

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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