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Tao Te Ching
A New English Version
by Stephen Mitchell
A particularly beautiful translation of the Tao Te Ching. Published in a small book you can carry around in your pocket. Something you can not do with a computer printout. Here is a taste of the translator's work:
We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.
We work with being, but non-being is what we use.
Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water.
Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible,
nothing can surpass it.
When two great forces oppose each other,
the victory will go to the one that knows how to yield.
This book includes not only the translation, but also a short history of Daoism/Taoism and an excellent commentary explaining each verse. All this in a little book you can carry around and read wherever you go.
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