Book - Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu
Stephen Mitchell Translation
If you overesteem great men,
people become powerless.
If you overvalue possessions,
people begin to steal1.
The Master leads
by emptying people’s minds and
filling their cores, by weakening their ambition2
and toughening their resolve.
He helps people lose everything
they know, everything they desire3,
and creates confusion
in those who think that they know4.
and everything will fall into place.
avoid greed and compulsive consumption
]] The Middle Path
happiness is the absence of desire
go with the flow
Other translations I like
Stephen Addiss & Stanley Lombardo
Don’t glorify heroes, And people will not contend.
Don’t treasure rare objects, And no one will steal.
Don’t display what people desire, And their hearts will not be disturbed.
Therefore, the Sage rules By emptying hearts and filling bellies, By weakening ambitions and strengthening bones; Leads people Away from knowing and wanting;
Deters those who know too much From going too far:
Practices non-action And the natural order is not disrupted.