【英译】The way that can be explained is not the Unchanging Way. The name that can be named is not the Unchanging Name.
【英译】Existence and the void spring forth together. The difficult and the easy complement each other. The long and the short shape each other. The high and the low fulfill each other. Sounds and the reception of them together produce harmony. Before and after accompany each other.
【英译】Heaven and Earth are not benevolent. They treat all things as if they were straw dogs.
【英译】The Supreme Good is like water. Water benefits all things, and does not contend with anything.
【英译】The five colors dim the eyes. The five notes dull the ears. The five flavors deaden the palate.
【英译】Favor and disgrace are equally to be feared. Value calamity as inseparable from the life of the body.
【英译】It was when the Way declined that benevolence and righteousness arose. It was when knowledge and wisdom appeared that falsehood emerged in their company.
【英译】All the common people are clear-headed. I alone am muddled. All the ordinary people are clear-sighted. I alone am dull.
【英译】To remain whole, be twisted. To remain straight, be bent. To remain full, be low. To remain new, be worn out. Those who have little may get more. Those who have much face perplexity.
【英译】Earth dictates the laws of Mankind. Heaven dictates the laws of Earth. The Way dictates the laws of Heaven. Nature dictates the laws of the Way.
【英译】Weapons are inauspicious things. They are not used by the gentleman, unless he has no other choice.
【英译】To understand others is to be wise. To understand oneself is to be enlightened.
【英译】The fish should be left in its pool. A state should keep its sharpest weapons hidden.
【英译】The Way never takes action itself, yet there is nothing it does not achieve.