Tao Te Ching

The Power of Goodness, the Wisdom Beyond Words
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Witter Bynner

(Emanuel Morgan)

1881 – 1968 CE

Translator, poet, and scholar; Bynner traveled and lived in China, intensely studied Chinese culture, and worked for 11 years translating T'ang Dynasty poems. A student of George Santayana at Harvard, he was a conscientious objector during World War I, and championed the women’s suffrage movement. Writing more than 39 books himself, he also actively supported poets and artists becoming friends with D.H. Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe, Carl Sandburg, Ansel Adams, Willa Cather, Igor Stravinsky, Robert Frost, W. H. Auden, and Aldous Huxley. Sponsoring Kahlil Gibran, he helped him publish The Prophet.

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“A sound leader's aim is to open people's hearts.”

from Way of Life According to Lao Tzu

Chapters: 3. Weak Wishes, Strong Bones

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“A sound man... by never being an end in himself... endlessly becomes himself.”

Chapters: 7. Lose Yourself, Gain Your Soul

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“The universe... is always emptying, always full; the more it yields, the more it holds.”

Chapters: 5. Christmas Trees

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“Man at his best, like water… loves living close to the earth, living clear down in his heart.”

Chapters: 8. Like Water

Themes: Water Virtue

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“Man at his best loves the pick of words that tell the truth, the fair profit of able dealings.”

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“Surrounded by treasure, you lie ill at ease; proud beyond measure, you come to your knees”

Chapters: 9. Know When to Stop

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“Be living, not dying.”

Themes: Death and Dying

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“When a person no longer confuses a personal body with self and recognizes all people as members of their own body, neither failure or success can bother them and they become safe to guide and guard others.”

Chapters: 13. Honor and Disgrace

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“[Taoism is] the straightest, most logical explanation as yet advanced for the continuance of life, the most logical use yet advised for enjoying it.”

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