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Tao Te Ching Quotes

Stephen Mitchell
This Study Guide consists of approximately 39 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Tao Te Ching.
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Quotes

"The tao that can be told / is not the eternal Tao. / The name that can be named / is not the eternal Name.
The unnamable is the eternally real. / Naming is the origin of all particular things.
Free from desire, you realize the mystery. / Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.
Yet mystery and manifestations / arise from the same source. / This source is called darkness.
Darkness within darkness. / The gateway to all understanding." Chapter 1.



"We join spokes together in a wheel, / but it is the center hole / that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot, / but it is the emptiness inside / that holds whatever we want.
We hammer wood for a house, / but it is the inner space / that makes it livable.
We work with being, / but non-being is what we use." Chapter 11.


"Other people are bright; / I alone am dark. / Other people are sharp; / I...

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