title: Tao Te Ching 5 - The Tao doesn’t take sides
Book - Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu
Stephen Mitchell Translation
The Tao doesn’t take sides;
it gives birth to both good and evil.
The Master doesn’t take sides;
she welcomes both saints and sinners.
The Tao is like a bellows:
it is empty yet infinitely capable.
The more you use it, the more it produces;
the more you talk of it, the less you understand.
Hold on to the center.
Other translations I like
Heaven and Earth are not kind:
The ten thousand things are straw dogs to them.
The Sage is not kind:
People are straw dogs to him.
Yet Heaven and Earth And all the space between Are like a bellows:
Empty but inexhaustible, Always producing more.
Longwinded speech is exhausting. Better to stay centered.
Stephen Addiss & Stanley Lombardo
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