Tao Te Ching

The Power of Goodness, the Wisdom Beyond Words
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Art of Worldly Wisdom

Of the traditional Art of Worldly Wisdom translations, Joseph Jacobs still seems to rank highest. The Fisher and Maurer versions add some good symbolism and help update to a more modern language and idiom; but, in many instances seem to miss the heart-meaning that Jacobs more often captures. This version translates but also paraphrases and interprets hopefully making these snapshots of practical strategy more accessible to the more modern mind and culture.

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1.Geometrically expanding complexity
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2.Balancing mind and spirit
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3.Restraint and Inscrutability
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4.Wisdom and Skillful Means
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5.Always stay needed, indispensable if possible
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6.Completeness
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7.Less praise, less competition
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8.The Highest Realization
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9.Least expected, most esteemed
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10.Fame and Fortune
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11.Turn friends into teachers
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12.Never finish
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13.Seeing through deception
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14.Surface and Substance
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15.Learn from the Wise
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16.Skillful Means and Wisdom
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17.Predictability
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18.Ability and Attitude
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19.Under Promise, Over Deliver
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20.Only wisdom discovers immortality
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21.Luck and Wisdom
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22.Knowledge, conversation, and wit
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23.Impeccable Goodness
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24.Tame and use imagination wisely
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25.Freeing our impressions from deception
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26.Influence and control
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27.Depth versus Breadth
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28.Cut the chains of Popular Approval and Empty Praise
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29.Integrity
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30.Right Livelihood
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31.Bad Luck
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32.Doing Good
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33.Discipline
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34.Prioritize your Best
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35.Prioritizing and Planning Ahead
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36.Guiding Luck
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37.Skillful Subtlety
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38.Strategic Withdrawl
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39.Harvest
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40.Kindness
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41.Exaggeration
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42.Leadership
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43.Inscrutable
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44.Kinships of Mind and Heart
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45.Caution
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46.Projection
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47.Less Commitment, More Success
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48.Personal Depth
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49.Discriminating Awareness
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50.Defend Your Self-Respect
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51.Making Good Decisions
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52.Don't Say It
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53.Make Haste Slowly
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54.Courage
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55.Skillful Waiting
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56.Spontaneous Insight
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57.Quickly done, quickly undone
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58.Less But More
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59.Temporary Success
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60.Reason
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61.Mediocrity
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62.Tools
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63.Innovators
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64.Idiot Compassion
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65.Taste
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66.The End Justifies the Means
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67.Prestigious Professions
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68.No risks, no gains
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69.Self-Knowledge
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70.How to say "no"
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71.Consistent Dependability
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72.Determination
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73.Skillful Evasion
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74.Stay Approachable
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75.Emulation
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76.Joking
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77.Be All Things to All People
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78.Fools Rush In
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79.Cheerful Humor
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80.Fake News
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81.Become a Phoenix of Rebirth
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82.Don't Drink the Dregs
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83.Avoid Perfection
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84.Useful Enemies
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85.Avoid the Limelight
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86.Dodging Slander
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87.Culture Defines the Person
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88.Discerning Attention
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89.Mind Mirrors
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90.Long Life
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91.Doubt and Action
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92.Wit vs. Wisdom
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93.Universal Spirit
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94.Strategic Reserve
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95.Expectations
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96.Common Sense
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97.Reputation
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98.Disguised Intentions
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99.Appearance and then Reality
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100.Anti-Illusion Philosophy
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101.Frivolous View
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102.Big-Hearted Capacity
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103.Respectability
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104.Managing Projects
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105.Focus on the Essence
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106.Bragging
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107.Self-Satisfaction
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108.Collaboration
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109.Criticism
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110.Don't Become a Setting Sun
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111.Friendship
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112.Goodwill.2
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113.Foresight
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114.Competition
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115.Tolerance
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116.Avoid Dishonorable People
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117.Self-Talk
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118.Politeness
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119.Dislike
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120.Pragmatic Conformity
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121.Attention
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122.Authentic Presence
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123.Affectation
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124.Credentials
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125.Gossip
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126.The Folly of Not Hiding
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127.Charisma
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128.High-minded Character
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129.Complaint
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130.Image
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131.High-Mindedness
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132.Mature the Choice
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133.A fool with the many or wise alone?
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134.Double Your Resources
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135.Contradiction
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136.Self-Sufficiency
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137.Let It Be
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138.Timing
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139.Good Taste
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140.Live at the Center
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141.Vanity
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142.Obstinacy
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143.Holding your Seat
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144.Skillful Evasion
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145.Wounded Fingers
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146.Lies
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147.Be Accessible
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148.The Art of Conversation
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149.Scapegoats
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150.Marketing
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151.Sleep on it or Don’t Sleep
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152.Companions
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153.Succession
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154.Gullibility
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155.Self-Control
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156.Choosing Friends Wisely
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157.Read People Like you Study Books
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158.Fresh Air for the Soul
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159.From Acceptance Comes Peace
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160.Less Talk, Less Litigation
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