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Click here for a random quote from Lao Tzu's "Tao".

This is part of my translation of the Tao.  I have tried to make a very clear version, aimed at people with no prior knowledge of it. 

Here are 10 of the most quoted chapters. Chapter titles are there to give you an idea of the content.

The Tao is traditionally separated into 2 sections:
Chapters 1-37 form the "Tao section"

Chapter 1 - What is the Tao?    Chapter 2 - Making things ugly

Chapter 3 - Making Thieves    Chapter 4 - Blunt the Sharp Edges

Chapter 5 -Talk is Tiring    Chapter 33 - Self-knowledge, Self-mastery

Chapter 15 - What kind of people were the great Taoist Sages?

Chapters 38-81 are the "Te section"

Chapter 46 - The value of a modest heart    Chapter 69 - Winning a fight by giving in

Chapter 76 - Rigid behaviour will kill you

 

The copyright ran out on a couple of translations.
They are nearly 100 years old, so the grammar and word choice require a little effort. 
Nevertheless, here's the whole thing in:

English

and

German

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