Tao Te Ching Concordance
Based on the Translation by John H. McDonald
Compiled by Gerold Casler
          
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abandon26.06If you abandon yourself to foolishness, you lose touch with your
abandon27.05all of creation, and doesn't abandon even the smallest creature.
abandon67.06To abandon compassion while seeking to be brave, or
abandoned18.01When the great Tao is abandoned, charity and righteousness
abandoned62.02How can those who are not good be abandoned?
abandoning67.06being benevolent, or abandoning humility while seeking to lead
abides32.03If a ruler abides by its principles, then her people will willingly
abides38.13The master abides in the fruit and not in the husk.
ability59.05Where there is limitless ability, then the kingdom is within your
ability60.05Just as evil can lose its ability to harm, the Master shuns the
ability64.18This gives her the ability to help all of creation.
able15.15those who are not full are able to be used which brings the
able21.02the Tao is intangible and evasive, we are able to know it exists.
able34.07does not seek greatness; it is able to accomplish truly great
able38.03force virtue on others, thus she is able to accomplish her task.
able61.04the low position, it will be able to influence smaller countries.
able64.17learns by unlearning, thus she is able to understand all things.
able67.05others, with humility, you will be able to become a great leader.
able67.05With compassion, you will be able to be brave, with moderation,
able67.05with moderation, you will be able to give to others, with humility,
able70.02to understand them, and are not able to apply what I teach.
able70.04do not know me, you are not able to understand my teachings.
able71.04her illnesses and treats them, and thus is able to remain whole.
able72.05This is how she is able to make appropriate choices.
able77.06Who is able to give to the needy from their excess?
abundance59.03who follow the Tao early will have an abundance of virtue.
abundance59.04When there is an abundance of virtue, there is nothing that can
accept16.08By knowing the constant we can accept things as they are.
accepting16.09By accepting things as they are, we become impartial.
accepts29.07The Master accepts things as they are, and out of compassion
accomplish34.07not seek greatness; it is able to accomplish truly great things.
accomplish38.03force virtue on others, thus she is able to accomplish her task.
accomplish38.04person who uses force, will find that they accomplish nothing.
accomplished09.05When you have accomplished your goal simply walk away.
accomplished17.07When she has accomplished her task, the people say,
accomplished34.03When it has accomplished great wonders, it does not claim
accomplishes38.05acts from the heart, and accomplishes a multitude of things.
accomplishes47.04clearly without looking, accomplishes much without doing
accomplishes66.07no one can compete with the things she accomplishes.
Accomplishment08.08Accomplishment makes your labors good.
accomplishments24.05who boast of their accomplishments diminish the things they
accomplishments45.01The greatest accomplishments seem imperfect, yet their
accomplishments77.09not dwell on her past accomplishments, and does not glory in
achieved48.05Mastery of the world is achieved by letting things take their
achieved56.05Those who have achieved the mysterious identity can not be
acquired57.05The more knowledge that is acquired, the stranger the world will
act02.08Therefore the Master can act without doing anything and teach
act38.07The moral person will act out of duty, and when no one will
Act63.01Act by not acting; do by not doing.
act73.05yet is obeyed; and does not act, but is good at directing.
acting63.01Act by not acting; do by not doing.
action03.05desires, avoiding the pitfalls of knowledge and wrong action.
action15.13Can you remain tranquil until right action occurs by itself?
action43.03teaching without words, or understand the value of non-action.
action48.03Less and less remains until you arrive at non-action.
action48.04When you arrive at non-action, nothing will be left undone.
action64.06Take action before things get out of hand.
action64.10If you rush into action, you will fail.
actions24.06Compared to the Tao, these actions are unworthy.
actions67.01about honoring the Tao, but you can't tell it from their actions.
activity12.04Too much activity deranges the mind.
activity26.02Stillness is the standard of activity.
acts02.10She has without possessing, and acts without any expectations.
acts12.06The Master acts on what she feels and not what she sees.
acts37.01The Tao never acts with force, yet there is nothing that it can not
acts38.05The kind person acts from the heart, and accomplishes a
acts38.06The righteous person acts out of pity, yet leaves many things
acts81.08The Tao of the Wise person acts by not competing.
advance64.02Things are easier to plan far in advance.
advance69.02It is better to retreat a foot than to advance only an inch."
advancement41.05like darkness, the advancement of the Tao seems like retreat
advancing69.03is called being flexible while advancing, pushing back without
advantage79.04thing, and persons with no virtue will take advantage of others.
affirmation63.08When an affirmation is given too lightly, keep your eyes open
afraid50.03Because they are afraid of dying, therefore they can not live.
afraid74.02If you aren't afraid of dying, there is nothing you can not do.
aft02.07Fore and aft follow each other.
After30.04After armies take to war, bad years must always follow.
after37.03If selfish desires were to arise after their transformation, I would
against53.06Oh, how these things go against the way of the Tao!
against55.12Changing the natural is against the way of the Tao.
ahead24.02Those who rush ahead don't get very far.
ahead63.08is given too lightly, keep your eyes open for trouble ahead.
ahead66.03lead other people, you must put their interest ahead of your own.
alarm13.04Receiving favor and losing it both cause alarm.
Alert15.06Alert as if surrounded on all sides by the enemy.
alienated56.05identity can not be approached, and they can not be alienated.
alive73.02The wise use of caution will keep you alive.
all01.10The beginning of all understanding.
all04.02Infinitely deep, it is the source of all things.
all04.03knotted, shades the lighted, and unites all of creation with dust.
all05.01and Earth are impartial; they treat all of creation as straw dogs.
all07.03do not live for themselves; thus they are present for all beings.
all07.05herself from all things; therefore she is united with all things.
all07.05She detaches herself from all things; therefore she is united
all08.01is like water, which benefits all of creation without trying to
all08.10Only when there is no competition will we all live in peace.
all10.07When you understand all things can you step back from your
all13.09world as if it were your self; then you will truly care for all things.
all14.08forms, and imageless images, subtle, beyond all understanding.
all15.06Alert as if surrounded on all sides by the enemy.
all16.01you can empty your mind of all thoughts your heart will embrace
all16.02Watch the workings of all of creation, but contemplate their
All16.03All creatures in the universe return to the point where they
all17.07her task, the people say, "Amazing: we did it, all by ourselves!"
All22.12All who do this will be made complete.
all26.03Thus the Master travels all day without ever leaving her wagon.
all27.05She is there to help all of creation, and doesn't abandon even
all31.01are the bearers of bad news; all people should detest them.
all32.06is a necessity for order, but naming can not order all things.
All32.09All things end in the Tao just as the small streams and the
All34.02All things rely on it to conceive and be born, and it does not deny
All34.06All of creation seeks it for refuge yet it does not seek to master
all37.02the way of the Tao, then all of creation would willingly follow their
All40.01All movement returns to the Tao.
All40.03All of creation is born from substance.
all41.07in the unnamed, yet it alone nourishes and completes all things.
all42.04The Three gave birth to all of creation.
All42.05All things carry Yin yet embrace Yang.
all49.12Yet she treats them all as her children.
all51.01The Tao gives birth to all of creation.
all51.05tells them to honor the Tao and its virtue, it happens all by itself.
all52.04She will protect us from all danger even if we lose our life.
all53.05food and drink and to waste all of your money buying
all55.05It can cry all day and never become hoarse.
all56.08This makes them the most noble of all under the heavens.
all57.10I let go of all my desires, and the people return to the Uncarved
all64.17learns by unlearning, thus she is able to understand all things.
all64.18This gives her the ability to help all of creation.
all80.02Give them all of the things they want, and they will see that they
all80.07are content never to visit each other all of the days of their life.
allow36.01to return to the source, you must first allow it to spread out.
allow36.02something to weaken, you must first allow it to become strong.
allow36.03want something to be removed, you must first allow it to flourish.
allow38.01is not to seek to do good, but to allow yourself to become it.
allow61.05lower position, then they can allow themselves to be influenced.
allows11.01wheel, but it is the center hole that allows the wheel to function.
alone20.07I alone am unconcerned and expressionless, like an infant
alone20.08have more than they need; I alone seem to possess nothing.
alone20.11Ordinary people are bright; I alone am dark.
alone20.12Ordinary people are clever; I alone am dull.
alone20.13people seem discriminating; I alone am muddled and confused.
alone20.15Other people have their goals, I alone am dull and uncouth.
alone25.02It stands alone and empty, solitary and unchanging.
alone41.07hides in the unnamed, yet it alone nourishes and completes all
already59.02Those who use moderation are already on the path to the Tao.
already77.05the depleted, and give to those who already have an excess.
alter55.10To try and alter the life-breath is unnatural.
alternative30.08can result when no other alternative is given, so the one who
alternatives65.05Knowing the two alternatives is a pattern.
Although32.02Although it appears insignificant, nothing in the world can
Although80.07Although the next country is close enough that they can hear
always04.04It is hidden but always present.
always06.03It is like a vapor, barely seen but always present.
always21.07Since the beginning of time, the Tao has always existed.
always29.06and strong, and others will always be small; some will be
always29.06meant to follow; some must always strain, and others have an
always30.02Using force always leads to unseen troubles.
always30.04After armies take to war, bad years must always follow.
always30.09The strong always weaken with time.
always58.06These things have always been hard to comprehend.
always63.10great difficulty, so the task is always easier than planned.
Amazing17.07her task, the people say, "Amazing: we did it, all by ourselves!"
ambitions03.04bellies, weakening their ambitions, and making them become
among50.04those who celebrate life walk safely among the wild animals.
amused26.05a thousand chariots be amused at the foolishness of the world?
ancient14.10we grasp the Tao of the ancient ones, we can use it to direct
ancient14.11To know the ancient origin of Tao: this is the beginning of
ancient22.11When the ancient Masters said, "If you want to become whole,
ancient62.06Why was the Tao esteemed by the ancient Masters?
ancient65.01The ancient Masters who understood the way of the Tao, did not
ancients70.03teachings come from the ancients, the things I do are done for a
animals50.04those who celebrate life walk safely among the wild animals.
animals50.06The animals find no place to attack them and the weapons are
anticipation49.11They look to her in anticipation.
anyone67.03It seems too easy for anyone to use.
anything02.08Master can act without doing anything and teach without saying
anything47.04without looking, accomplishes much without doing anything.
appear18.01the great Tao is abandoned, charity and righteousness appear.
appears32.02Although it appears insignificant, nothing in the world can
apply70.02to understand them, and are not able to apply what I teach.
Approach14.09Approach it and you will not see a beginning; follow it and there
approached56.05identity can not be approached, and they can not be alienated.
appropriate55.09To unnaturally try to extend life is not appropriate.
appropriate72.05This is how she is able to make appropriate choices.
arise37.03If selfish desires were to arise after their transformation, I would
arise64.05Prevent problems before they arise.
arises18.02When intellectualism arises, hypocrisy is close behind.
armies30.03In the places where armies march, thorns and briars bloom and
armies30.04After armies take to war, bad years must always follow.
arrive48.03Less and less remains until you arrive at non-action.
arrive48.04When you arrive at non-action, nothing will be left undone.
arrive72.01When people become overly bold, then disaster will soon arrive.
arrogance30.07When the battle is over, arrogance is the new enemy.
arrogant72.03Therefore, the Master knows herself but is not arrogant.
ask66.06The whole world will ask for her guidance, and will never get
asset39.16Their greatest asset becomes their humility.
assets69.05your enemy means losing your greatest assets.
assumes61.01watershed, which from its low position assumes the female role.
astray22.05are few get them, those whose desires are great go astray.
at birth50.01Those who leave the womb at birth and those who enter their
attack50.06The animals find no place to attack them and the weapons are
attained39.01The masters of old attained unity with the Tao.
attained39.02Heaven attained unity and became pure.
attained39.03The earth attained unity and found peace.
attained39.04The spirits attained unity so they could minister.
attained39.05The valleys attained unity that they might be full.
attained39.06Humanity attained unity that they might flourish.
attained39.07Their leaders attained unity that they might set the example.
attaining68.07This is called attaining harmony with the heavens.
attains49.05This is how she attains true goodness.
authority07.04puts herself last; and finds herself in the place of authority.
average41.02When an average person hears of the Tao, he believes half of it,
avoid32.08Knowing when to stop naming, you can avoid the pitfall it brings.
avoid68.03The best tacticians try to avoid confrontation.
avoided31.03are meant for destruction, and thus are avoided by the wise.
avoiding03.05and freedom from desires, avoiding the pitfalls of knowledge
avoids29.07are, and out of compassion avoids extravagance, excess and
avoids44.05when you have enough avoids dishonor, and knowing when to
aware65.06Remaining aware of the pattern is a virtue.
away09.05When you have accomplished your goal simply walk away.
away10.06Heaven gives and takes away can you be content with the
away19.02Throw away charity and righteousness, and people will return to
away19.03Throw away profit and greed, and there won't be any thieves.
away36.04If you want to possess something, you must first give it away.
away54.02That which is well latched can not slip away.
away64.14By pursing your goals too relentlessly, you let them slip away.
back10.07all things can you step back from your own understanding?
back69.03while advancing, pushing back without using force, and
bad27.07What is a good person but a bad person's teacher?
bad27.08What is a bad person but raw material for his teacher?
bad30.04After armies take to war, bad years must always follow.
bad31.01Weapons are the bearers of bad news; all people should detest
bad58.05seem to change into bad, and bad things often turn out for good.
bad58.05things seem to change into bad, and bad things often turn out for
barely06.03It is like a vapor, barely seen but always present.
barking80.07roosters crowing and dogs barking, they are content never to
basic38.12Our basic understandings are not from the Tao because they
basis26.01Heaviness is the basis of lightness.
basis26.07become distracted, you will lose the basis of your power.
battle30.07When the battle is over, arrogance is the new enemy.
battle50.05When they go into battle, they remain unharmed.
battle69.06When equal forces meet in battle, victory will go to the one that
bearers31.01Weapons are the bearers of bad news; all people should detest
beasts55.02from the stinging insects, wild beasts, and birds of prey.
beautiful02.01When people see things as beautiful, ugliness is created.
beautiful62.03Words that are beautiful are worth much, but good behavior can
beautiful81.01do not sound beautiful; beautiful sounding words are not true.
beautiful81.01True words do not sound beautiful; beautiful sounding words
became39.02Heaven attained unity and became pure.
become03.01talented individuals, people will become overly competitive.
become03.03Do not display your treasures or people will become envious.
become03.04weakening their ambitions, and making them become strong.
become10.01Nurture the darkness of your soul until you become whole.
become10.03your life-breath until you become supple as a newborn child?
become16.09By accepting things as they are, we become impartial.
become16.10By being impartial, we become one with Heaven.
become16.11By being one with Heaven, we become one with Tao.
become17.05If you don't trust the people, they will become untrustworthy.
become22.01If you want to become whole, first let yourself become broken.
become22.01If you want to become whole, first let yourself become broken.
become22.02If you want to become straight, first let yourself become twisted.
become22.02If you want to become straight, first let yourself become twisted.
become22.03If you want to become full, first let yourself become empty.
become22.03If you want to become full, first let yourself become empty.
become22.04If you want to become new, first let yourself become old.
become22.04If you want to become new, first let yourself become old.
become22.11Masters said, "If you want to become whole, then first let
become23.04If you open yourself to the Tao, you and Tao become one.
become23.05If you open yourself to Virtue, then you can become virtuous.
become23.06If you open yourself to loss, then you will become lost.
become23.08If you open yourself to virtue, virtue will become a part of you.
become23.10you do not trust people, people will become untrustworthy."
become26.07If you let yourself become distracted, you will lose the basis of
become27.09enjoy your student, you will become deluded no matter how
become28.01but keep to the feminine: and become a watershed to the world.
become28.02the Tao will never leave you and you become as a little child.
become36.02something to weaken, you must first allow it to become strong.
become38.01is not to seek to do good, but to allow yourself to become it.
become39.11Without unity, the spirits become unresponsive and disappear.
become39.12Without unity, the valleys become dry as a desert.
become39.14Without unity, our leaders become corrupt and fall.
become53.04and the granaries will soon become empty because there is no
become53.04the house the land will become neglected and full of weeds, and
become54.04cultivated in the individual, then his virtue will become genuine.
become55.05It can cry all day and never become hoarse.
become56.03harmonize your inner light, and become one with the dust.
become57.05knowledge that is acquired, the stranger the world will become.
become57.07says: I do nothing, and people become good by themselves.
become57.09in their personal lives, and the people become prosperous.
become58.01If a government is unobtrusive, the people become whole.
become58.02If a government is repressive, the people become treacherous.
become63.04they are still easy; do easy things before they become too hard.
become67.05others, with humility, you will be able to become a great leader.
become68.04The best leaders become servants of their people.
become69.01an old saying: "It is better to become the passive in order to see
become70.05know me are few, my teachings become even more precious.
become72.01When people become overly bold, then disaster will soon arrive.
become75.02become rebellious, the government has become too intrusive.
become75.02When people become rebellious, the government has become
become78.04the lowest servant of the kingdom, is worthy to become its ruler.
becomes22.08she does not boast of herself, she becomes a shining example.
becomes22.09she does not glorify herself, she becomes a person of merit.
becomes39.09Without unity, the sky becomes filthy.
becomes39.10Without unity, the earth becomes unstable.
becomes39.13Without unity, human kind can't reproduce and becomes extinct.
becomes39.16Their greatest asset becomes their humility.
before63.04they are still easy; do easy things before they become too hard.
began16.03creatures in the universe return to the point where they began.
begin03.02If you overvalue possessions, people will begin to steal.
begin52.02have found the Mother, we begin to know what her children
begin52.03are the Motherís child, we begin to guard the qualities of the
begin55.11when something reaches its prime it will soon begin to decline.
begin75.03When people begin to view death lightly, wealthy people have
beginning01.10The beginning of all understanding.
beginning14.09it and you will not see a beginning; follow it and there will be no
beginning14.11know the ancient origin of Tao: this is the beginning of wisdom.
beginning21.07Since the beginning of time, the Tao has always existed.
beginning28.04strengthen and you will return whole to your eternal beginning.
beginning38.11The law is the husk of faith, and trust is the beginning of chaos.
beginning52.01The world had a beginning which we call the Great Mother.
beginning64.15as you are about the beginning, then it is hard to do things
beginnings26.06yourself to foolishness, you lose touch with your beginnings.
begins64.07The tallest tree begins as a tiny sprout.
behavior62.03are worth much, but good behavior can only be learned by
behind18.02When intellectualism arises, hypocrisy is close behind.
Being02.03Being and non-being produce each other.
beings07.03do not live for themselves; thus they are present for all beings.
believes41.02person hears of the Tao, he believes half of it, and doubts the
bellies03.04people's minds, filling their bellies, weakening their ambitions,
bellows05.03Heaven and Earth is like a bellows; it is empty, yet has not lost
benefit61.08Both large and small countries benefit greatly from humility.
benefited56.06They can not be benefited nor harmed.
benefits08.01good is like water, which benefits all of creation without trying to
benevolent67.06moderation while being benevolent, or abandoning humility
bent77.02The top is bent downward; the bottom is bent up.
bent77.02The top is bent downward; the bottom is bent up.
best17.01The best leaders are those the people hardly know exist.
best17.02The next best is a leader who is loved and praised.
best17.06The best leaders value their words, and use them sparingly.
best36.07hidden in deep waters, it is best to keep weapons out of sight.
best41.06to have no corners, the best vessels take the most time to finish,
best63.05Difficult problems are best solved while they are easy.
best63.06Great projects are best started while they are small.
best68.01The best warriors do not use violence.
best68.02The best generals do not destroy indiscriminately.
best68.03The best tacticians try to avoid confrontation.
best68.04The best leaders become servants of their people.
best78.05tackle the most unpleasant tasks, is the best ruler in the world."
best80.01Small countries with few people are best.
better05.05It is better not to speak of things you do not understand.
better19.01and wisdom, and people will be a hundred times better off.
better52.06you try to talk your way into a better life there will be no end to
better59.01There is nothing better than moderation for teaching people or
better69.01There is an old saying: "It is better to become the passive in
better69.02It is better to retreat a foot than to advance only an inch."
better78.02Yet nothing is better than water, for overcoming the hard and
beyond14.08forms, and imageless images, subtle, beyond all understanding.
beyond15.02Their wisdom is beyond our comprehension.
beyond21.08It is beyond existing and not existing.
big29.06time; some are naturally big and strong, and others will always
birds55.02from the stinging insects, wild beasts, and birds of prey.
birth04.05I don't know who gave birth to it.
birth06.02the Great Mother because it gives birth to Heaven and Earth.
birth10.08Giving birth and nourishing, making without possessing,
birth42.01The Tao gave birth to One.
birth42.02The One gave birth to Two.
birth42.03The Two gave birth to Three.
birth42.04The Three gave birth to all of creation.
birth51.01The Tao gives birth to all of creation.
birth51.06So the Tao gives them birth, and its virtue cultivates them, cares
black28.03Know the white, yet keep to the black: be a model for the world.
blend42.06They blend their life breaths in order to produce harmony.
blind12.01Five colors blind the eye.
block15.09Whole as an uncarved block of wood.
Block28.06then your virtue will return you to the Uncarved Block.
block28.07The block of wood is carved into utensils by carving a void into
block28.08yet prefers to keep to the block because of its limitless
Block37.03I would erase them with the power of the Uncarved Block.
Block37.04By the power of the Uncarved Block, future generations would
Block57.10of all my desires, and the people return to the Uncarved Block.
bloom30.03places where armies march, thorns and briars bloom and grow.
blow30.05The skillful commander strikes a decisive blow then stops.
blown20.14drift on the waves on the ocean, blown at the mercy of the wind.
blows23.01few words: when the gale blows, it will not last long; when it
blunt56.03talking, meditate in silence, blunt your sharpness, release your
boast22.08Because she does not boast of herself, she becomes a shining
boast24.05Those who boast of their accomplishments diminish the things
boats80.04plenty of horses, wagons and boats, they won't feel that they
bold72.01When people become overly bold, then disaster will soon arrive.
bones55.03Its bones are soft, its muscles are weak, but its grip is firm and
bookkeeper27.02A good bookkeeper has an excellent memory, and a well made
boring35.04But words spoken of the Tao seem to them boring and stale.
born01.09Darkness born from darkness.
born25.01Before the universe was born there was something in the chaos
born34.02rely on it to conceive and be born, and it does not deny even the
born40.03All of creation is born from substance.
born40.04Substance is born of nothingness.
bottom77.02The top is bent downward; the bottom is bent up.
boundary01.03The nameless is the boundary of Heaven and Earth.
bow77.01The Tao of Heaven works in the world like the drawing of a bow.
boys74.03others are like inexperienced boys trying to take the place of a
brave67.05you will be able to be brave, with moderation, you will be able to
brave67.06compassion while seeking to be brave, or abandoning
break64.03Things break easier while they are still brittle.
breasts20.17I nurse from the Great Mother's breasts.
breath10.03Can you focus your life-breath until you become supple as a
breath55.10To try and alter the life-breath is unnatural.
breaths42.06They blend their life breaths in order to produce harmony.
bred46.02does not follow the Tao, war horses are bred outside the cities.
briars30.03places where armies march, thorns and briars bloom and grow.
bright14.05Its highest is not bright.
bright20.11Ordinary people are bright; I alone am dark.
brightness41.05Thus it is said: The brightness of the Tao seems like darkness,
brim09.01easier to carry an empty cup than one that is filled to the brim.
bring31.07Those who resort to violence will never bring peace to the world.
bring44.05stop will keep you from danger and bring you a long, happy life.
brings09.04Pride brings its own trouble.
brings15.15are able to be used which brings the feeling of completeness.
brings32.08Knowing when to stop naming, you can avoid the pitfall it brings.
brittle64.03Things break easier while they are still brittle.
brittle76.02plants are flexible and tender; the dead are brittle and dry.
broken22.01If you want to become whole, first let yourself become broken.
broken22.11then first let yourself be broken," they weren't using empty
broken76.05The rigid and stiff will be broken.
brotherly18.03is strife in the family unit, people talk about 'brotherly love'.
brotherly19.02and righteousness, and people will return to brotherly love.
building64.08The tallest building starts with one shovel of dirt.
built54.01That which is well built will never be torn down.
burdened66.04The people will not feel burdened, if a wise person is in a
buying53.05waste all of your money buying possessions is called the crime
call24.04Those who call themselves righteous can't know how wrong
call25.05Because I do not know its name, I call it the Tao.
call25.06If forced to give it a name, I would call it 'Great'.
call52.01The world had a beginning which we call the Great Mother.
called01.08This source is called darkness.
called06.02It is called the Great Mother because it gives birth to Heaven
called16.05Returning to Heavenís mandate is called being constant.
called16.06Knowing the constant is called 'enlightenment'.
called27.06This is called embracing the light.
called36.05This is called the subtle understanding of how things are meant
called51.09This is called the dark and mysterious virtue.
called52.07To understand the small is called clarity.
called52.08Knowing how to yield is called strength.
called52.09regardless of the danger is called depending on the Constant.
called53.05of your money buying possessions is called the crime of excess.
called55.08To know the Constant is to be called 'enlightened'.
called56.04Doing this is called the dark and mysterious identity.
called68.05This is called the virtue of non-competition.
called68.06This is called the power to manage others.
called68.07This is called attaining harmony with the heavens.
called69.03This is called being flexible while advancing, pushing back
care13.09world as if it were your self; then you will truly care for all things.
care57.08I seek peace, and people take care of their own problems.
care63.04Take care of difficult problems while they are still easy; do easy
care-free52.05simple life, and you will live care-free until the end of your days.
careful15.05They were careful as someone crossing a frozen stream in
cares51.06its virtue cultivates them, cares for them, nurtures them, gives
cares51.07wanting to posses them, and cares for them expecting nothing in
carry09.01It is easier to carry an empty cup than one that is filled to the
carry42.05All things carry Yin yet embrace Yang.
carved28.07The block of wood is carved into utensils by carving a void into
carving28.07of wood is carved into utensils by carving a void into the wood.
caught14.03Grasp for it, and it can't be caught.
cause13.04Receiving favor and losing it both cause alarm.
causes12.05Too much wealth causes crime.
causes23.01hard, it lasts but a little while; what causes these to happen?
causes58.08She is probing yet causes no harm.
causes75.03wealthy people have too much which causes others to starve.
caution41.06The virtue of caution seems like cowardice, the pure seems to
caution73.02The wise use of caution will keep you alive.
celebrate50.01life, three out of ten celebrate death, and three out of ten simply
celebrate50.01of these; three out of ten celebrate life, three out of ten celebrate
celebrate50.04have heard that those who celebrate life walk safely among the
celebration31.11sorrow, and the victory celebration should honor those who
center11.01in a wheel, but it is the center hole that allows the wheel to
center19.04enough to keep us at the center of the circle, so we must also:
centered22.07Because she isn't self-centered, people can see the light in her.
change58.05Good things seem to change into bad, and bad things often turn
change58.07Thus the Master makes things change without interfering.
changing48.06You can not master the world by changing the natural way.
Changing55.12Changing the natural is against the way of the Tao.
chaos18.04When the country falls into chaos, politicians talk about
chaos20.10I am like a fool, my mind is in chaos.
chaos25.01was born there was something in the chaos of the heavens.
chaos38.11The law is the husk of faith, and trust is the beginning of chaos.
chaos57.04weapons you posses, the greater the chaos in your country.
chariots26.05the lord of a thousand chariots be amused at the foolishness of
charity18.01the great Tao is abandoned, charity and righteousness appear.
charity19.02Throw away charity and righteousness, and people will return
cherish67.04There are three jewels that I cherish: compassion, moderation,
cherish80.06their own homes, and delight in the customs that they cherish.
child10.03your life-breath until you become supple as a newborn child?
child28.02the Tao will never leave you and you become as a little child.
child52.03know we are the Motherís child, we begin to guard the qualities
child55.01One who is filled with the Tao is like a newborn child.
children49.12Yet she treats them all as her children.
children52.02the Mother, we begin to know what her children should be.
choices72.05This is how she is able to make appropriate choices.
choose79.05The Tao does not choose sides, the good person receives from
circle19.04keep us at the center of the circle, so we must also: embrace
cities46.02does not follow the Tao, war horses are bred outside the cities.
claim34.03accomplished great wonders, it does not claim them for itself.
clarity52.07To understand the small is called clarity.
clay11.02We mold clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that
cleaning53.04If too much time is spent cleaning the house the land will
cleanse10.04While you cleanse your inner vision will you be found without
cleared15.12be still until their mud settles and the water is cleared by itself?
clearly47.04without leaving, sees clearly without looking, accomplishes
clever20.12Ordinary people are clever; I alone am dull.
clever65.02are difficult to guide, because they think they are too clever.
cleverness65.03To use cleverness to rule a country is to lead the country to ruin.
cling75.04Only those who do not cling to their life can save it.
close18.02When intellectualism arises, hypocrisy is close behind.
close80.07Although the next country is close enough that they can hear
closed52.05Keep your mouth closed and embrace a simple life, and you will
clothes53.05To wear fancy clothes and ornaments, to have your fill of food
clothes80.06let them make their own clothes, let them be content with their
clumsiness45.04The most valued skill seems like clumsiness.
cold45.06Movement overcomes the cold, and stillness overcomes the
colors12.01Five colors blind the eye.
come55.13Those who do it will come to an early end.
command73.05yet responds; does not command, yet is obeyed; and does not
commander30.05The skillful commander strikes a decisive blow then stops.
common39.18shine like the precious gem, but be as dull as a common stone.
community54.06idea is cultivated in your community, then virtue will go a long
community54.09it does, and observe the community for what it does, and
Compared24.06Compared to the Tao, these actions are unworthy.
compassion28.06embrace the world with compassion, then your virtue will return
compassion29.07as they are, and out of compassion avoids extravagance,
compassion67.04three jewels that I cherish: compassion, moderation, and
compassion67.05With compassion, you will be able to be brave, with moderation,
compassion67.06To abandon compassion while seeking to be brave, or
compassion67.07will be the winner, and if compassion is your defense you will be
Compassion67.08Compassion is the protector of Heavenís salvation.
compassionate67.07The compassionate warrior will be the winner, and if
compete08.01which benefits all of creation without trying to compete with it.
compete66.07Because she does not like to compete, no one can compete
compete66.07to compete, no one can compete with the things she
compete73.05Tao of the universe does not compete, yet wins; does not
compete78.02the hard and rigid, because nothing can compete with it.
competing81.08The Tao of the Wise person acts by not competing.
competition08.10Only when there is no competition will we all live in peace.
competition68.05This is called the virtue of non-competition.
competitive03.01talented individuals, people will become overly competitive.
complement02.04Difficult and easy complement each other.
complete22.12All who do this will be made complete.
completeness15.15are able to be used which brings the feeling of completeness.
completes41.07in the unnamed, yet it alone nourishes and completes all things.
completion51.03Their environment then shapes them into completion.
comprehend05.04it produces; the more you talk of it, the less you comprehend.
comprehend43.03Few in the world can comprehend the teaching without words,
comprehend58.06These things have always been hard to comprehend.
comprehension15.02Their wisdom is beyond our comprehension.
conceive34.02All things rely on it to conceive and be born, and it does not
concept04.06It is older than the concept of God.
concerned16.12Tao, we are no longer concerned about losing our life because
concerned64.15If you are as concerned about the outcome as you are about the
condoning46.03greater transgression than condoning peopleís selfish desires,
confidant73.01Being overbold and confidant is deadly.
confrontation68.03The best tacticians try to avoid confrontation.
confused20.13people seem discriminating; I alone am muddled and confused.
consider79.02How then can we consider that as good?
considered34.05it is without wants and desires, it can be considered humble.
constant16.05Returning to Heavenís mandate is called being constant.
constant16.06Knowing the constant is called 'enlightenment'.
constant16.07Not knowing the constant is the source of evil deeds because
constant16.08By knowing the constant we can accept things as they are.
constant16.12we know the Tao is constant and we are one with Tao.
Constant52.09regardless of the danger is called depending on the Constant.
Constant55.07To understand harmony is to understand the Constant.
Constant55.08To know the Constant is to be called 'enlightened'.
contain32.02it appears insignificant, nothing in the world can contain it.
container04.01The Tao is like an empty container: it can never be emptied
contemplate16.02of all of creation, but contemplate their return to the source.
content10.06gives and takes away can you be content with the outcome?
content80.03is a serious thing, and to be content to never leave their homes.
content80.06own clothes, let them be content with their own homes, and
content80.07and dogs barking, they are content never to visit each other all
contentment46.04Whoever knows contentment will be at peace forever.
continually38.02do good things, and finds that they can not do them continually.
contradictory78.06True sayings seem contradictory.
control10.09To grow, yet not to control: This is the mysterious virtue.
control29.01Do you want to rule the world and control it?
control34.06seeks it for refuge yet it does not seek to master or control.
control64.01Things are easier to control while things are quiet.
controlled29.03The world is sacred vessel and it can not be controlled.
corners41.06square seems to have no corners, the best vessels take the
corrupt39.14Without unity, our leaders become corrupt and fall.
cost44.04great love extracts a great cost and true wealth requires greater
countries61.04the low position, it will be able to influence smaller countries.
countries61.05If smaller countries take the lower position, then they can allow
countries61.07help the people, and small countries should desire to serve
countries61.07Large countries should desire to protect and help the people,
countries61.08Both large and small countries benefit greatly from humility.
countries80.01Small countries with few people are best.
country18.04When the country falls into chaos, politicians talk about
country54.07this idea is cultivated in your country, then virtue will be in many
country54.09it does, and observe the country for what it does, and observe
country57.01Govern your country with integrity, weapons of war can be used
country57.04weapons you posses, the greater the chaos in your country.
country60.01Governing a large country is like frying small fish.
country61.01A large country should take the low place like a great
country61.04If a large country takes the low position, it will be able to
country65.03To use cleverness to rule a country is to lead the country to ruin.
country65.03To use cleverness to rule a country is to lead the country to ruin.
country80.07Although the next country is close enough that they can hear
course33.05Those who keep their course have a strong will.
course48.05the world is achieved by letting things take their natural course.
course64.12the Master lets things take their course and thus never fails.
Courteous15.07Courteous as a guest.
cowardice41.06of caution seems like cowardice, the pure seems to be polluted,
created02.01When people see things as beautiful, ugliness is created.
created02.02When people see things as good, evil is created.
creation01.04The named is the mother of creation.
creation04.03knotted, shades the lighted, and unites all of creation with dust.
creation05.01and Earth are impartial; they treat all of creation as straw dogs.
creation08.01water, which benefits all of creation without trying to compete
creation16.02Watch the workings of all of creation, but contemplate their
creation21.09How do I know where creation comes from?
creation27.05She is there to help all of creation, and doesn't abandon even
creation34.02and be born, and it does not deny even the smallest of creation.
creation34.06All of creation seeks it for refuge yet it does not seek to master
creation37.02of the Tao, then all of creation would willingly follow their
creation40.03All of creation is born from substance.
creation42.04The Three gave birth to all of creation.
creation51.01The Tao gives birth to all of creation.
creation62.01The Tao is the tabernacle of creation, it is a treasure for those
creation64.18This gives her the ability to help all of creation.
creature27.05all of creation, and doesn't abandon even the smallest creature.
creature34.04worlds, yet it doesn't seek to master the smallest creature.
creature51.04That is why every creature honors the Tao and its virtue.
creatures16.03All creatures in the universe return to the point where they
credit02.11When her work is done, she takes no credit.
crime12.05Too much wealth causes crime.
crime53.05of your money buying possessions is called the crime of excess.
criminals57.06more laws that you make, the greater the number of criminals.
crooked45.03The greatest straightness seems crooked.
crossing15.05were careful as someone crossing a frozen stream in winter.
crowing80.07can hear their roosters crowing and dogs barking, they are
cry55.05It can cry all day and never become hoarse.
cultivated54.04If this idea is cultivated in the individual, then his virtue will
cultivated54.05If this idea is cultivated in your family, then virtue in your family
cultivated54.06If this idea is cultivated in your community, then virtue will go a
cultivated54.07If this idea is cultivated in your country, then virtue will be in
cultivated54.08If this idea is cultivated in the world, then virtue will be with
cultivates51.06them birth, and its virtue cultivates them, cares for them,
cunning57.01can be used with great cunning, but loyalty is only won by not-
cup09.01is easier to carry an empty cup than one that is filled to the brim.
cure71.03that you have an illness can you move to seek a cure.
customs80.06their own homes, and delight in the customs that they cherish.
cuts53.03goes in the level places, but people prefer to take the short cuts.
cycle58.04knows why these things happen, or when this cycle will end?
danger44.05stop will keep you from danger and bring you a long, happy life.
danger52.04She will protect us from all danger even if we lose our life.
danger52.09understanding regardless of the danger is called depending on
dangerous13.01Success is as dangerous as failure, and we are often our own
dangerous13.02What does it mean that success is as dangerous as failure?
dangerous13.05That is what is meant by success is as dangerous as failure.
dark14.06Its depths are not dark.
dark20.11Ordinary people are bright; I alone am dark.
dark21.04Secluded and dark, yet there is a vitality within it.
dark51.09This is called the dark and mysterious virtue.
dark56.04Doing this is called the dark and mysterious identity.
dark65.07This dark and mysterious virtue is profound.
darkness01.08This source is called darkness.
Darkness01.09Darkness born from darkness.
darkness01.09Darkness born from darkness.
darkness10.01Nurture the darkness of your soul until you become whole.
darkness41.05of the Tao seems like darkness, the advancement of the Tao
day26.03Thus the Master travels all day without ever leaving her wagon.
day48.01One who seeks knowledge learns something new every day.
day48.02One who seeks the Tao unlearns something new every day.
day55.05It can cry all day and never become hoarse.
days52.05simple life, and you will live care-free until the end of your days.
days80.07are content never to visit each other all of the days of their life.
dead76.01The living are soft and yielding; the dead are rigid and stiff.
dead76.02Living plants are flexible and tender; the dead are brittle and dry.
deadly31.04Only as a last resort will a wise person use a deadly weapon.
deadly73.01Being overbold and confidant is deadly.
deafen12.02Five notes deafen the ear.
death31.10on the right side, because he knows the outcome will be death.
death31.11The death of many should be greeted with great sorrow, and the
death33.06Those who embrace death will not perish, but have life
death42.10will teach: "The strong and violent will not die a natural death."
death50.01death, and three out of ten simply go from life to death.
death50.01three out of ten celebrate death, and three out of ten simply go
death50.01who enter their source at death, of these; three out of ten
death50.08Because they can find no place for death in them.
death73.03One is the way to death, and the other is the way to preserve
death74.01If you do not fear death, then how can it intimidate you?
death75.03When people begin to view death lightly, wealthy people have
death76.03Those who are stiff and rigid are the disciples of death.
death80.03Teach them that death is a serious thing, and to be content to
debate81.02don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise.
debate81.02Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are
decision08.09Proper timing makes a decision good.
decisive30.05The skillful commander strikes a decisive blow then stops.
decline55.11when something reaches its prime it will soon begin to decline.
deeds16.07constant is the source of evil deeds because we have no roots.
deep04.02Infinitely deep, it is the source of all things.
deep36.07Just as fish remain hidden in deep waters, it is best to keep
deep59.07This is spoken of as the deep root and the firm trunk, the Way to
defense67.07winner, and if compassion is your defense you will be secure.
deficient77.03The excess is taken from, and the deficient is given to.
define02.05Long and short define each other.
delight31.06Those who rejoice in victory delight in the slaughter of humanity.
delight80.06with their own homes, and delight in the customs that they
deluded27.09student, you will become deluded no matter how smart you are.
demands79.03does what she knows is right, and makes no demands of others.
deny34.02and be born, and it does not deny even the smallest of creation.
depending52.09regardless of the danger is called depending on the Constant.
depleted77.04works to use the excess, and gives to that which is depleted.
depleted77.05people is to take from the depleted, and give to those who
Depth08.05Depth of understanding makes the mind good.
depths14.06Its depths are not dark.
depths38.12because they come from the depths of our misunderstanding.
deranges12.04Too much activity deranges the mind.
described01.01The tao that can be described is not the eternal Tao.
described14.04three cannot be further described, so we treat them as The
description15.04I can only give a poor description.
desert39.12Without unity, the valleys become dry as a desert.
desire01.05Freed from desire, you can see the hidden mystery.
desire01.06By having desire, you can only see what is visibly real.
Desire19.06Desire little.
desire61.07Large countries should desire to protect and help the people,
desire61.07the people, and small countries should desire to serve others.
desires03.05simplicity and freedom from desires, avoiding the pitfalls of
desires22.05are few get them, those whose desires are great go astray.
desires22.05Those whose desires are few get them, those whose desires
desires34.05it is without wants and desires, it can be considered humble.
desires37.03If selfish desires were to arise after their transformation, I would
desires37.04Block, future generations would lose their selfish desires.
desires37.05By losing their selfish desires, the world would naturally settle
desires46.03condoning peopleís selfish desires, no greater disaster than
desires57.10I let go of all my desires, and the people return to the Uncarved
desires81.04The Master desires no possessions.
despise42.07People despise being orphaned, widowed and poor.
despised17.04The worst one is the leader that is despised.
destroy68.02The best generals do not destroy indiscriminately.
destroying69.03without using force, and destroying the enemy without engaging
destruction29.06protected and nurtured, and others will meet with destruction.
destruction31.03Weapons are meant for destruction, and thus are avoided by
destructive44.03Which is more destructive, success or failure?
detaches07.05She detaches herself from all things; therefore she is united
details63.09something seems too easy, difficulty is hiding in the details.
detest31.01are the bearers of bad news; all people should detest them.
die42.10will teach: "The strong and violent will not die a natural death."
died31.11and the victory celebration should honor those who have died.
difference20.02What is the difference between yes and no?
difference20.03What is the difference between good and evil?
different20.16I am different from ordinary people.
Difficult02.04Difficult and easy complement each other.
difficult63.04Take care of difficult problems while they are still easy; do easy
Difficult63.05Difficult problems are best solved while they are easy.
difficult65.02Smart people are difficult to guide, because they think they are
Difficulties79.01Difficulties remain, even after solving a problem.
difficulty63.09something seems too easy, difficulty is hiding in the details.
difficulty63.10The master expects great difficulty, so the task is always easier
diligently41.01person hears of the Tao, She diligently puts it into practice.
dim24.03Those who try to outshine others dim their own light.
diminish24.05of their accomplishments diminish the things they have done.
diminished45.01seem imperfect, yet their usefulness is not diminished.
direct14.10Tao of the ancient ones, we can use it to direct our life today.
directing73.05yet is obeyed; and does not act, but is good at directing.
direction34.01The great Tao flows unobstructed in every direction.
dirt64.08The tallest building starts with one shovel of dirt.
disappear29.05It may slip through your fingers and disappear.
disappear39.11Without unity, the spirits become unresponsive and disappear.
disaster46.03selfish desires, no greater disaster than being discontent, and
disaster58.03Good fortune has its roots in disaster, and disaster lurks with
disaster58.03has its roots in disaster, and disaster lurks with good fortune.
disaster69.04There is no greater disaster than underestimating your enemy.
disaster72.01When people become overly bold, then disaster will soon arrive.
discarding28.09Great works do not involve discarding substance.
discernment15.01were profound and knew the ways of subtlety and discernment.
disciples76.03Those who are stiff and rigid are the disciples of death.
disciples76.04Those who are soft and yielding are the disciples of life.
discontent46.03greater disaster than being discontent, and no greater
discriminating20.13Ordinary people seem discriminating; I alone am muddled and
disease71.02Thinking you know is a disease.
disgrace56.07They can not be made noble nor to suffer disgrace.
disgraced28.05but do not shun the disgraced: embracing the world as it is.
dishonor44.05you have enough avoids dishonor, and knowing when to stop
display03.03Do not display your treasures or people will become envious.
distracted26.07If you let yourself become distracted, you will lose the basis of
dog05.02Master doesn't take sides; she treats everyone like a straw dog.
dogs05.01and Earth are impartial; they treat all of creation as straw dogs.
dogs80.07their roosters crowing and dogs barking, they are content never
doing02.08the Master can act without doing anything and teach without
doing03.06For those who practice not-doing, everything will fall into place.
doing47.04without looking, accomplishes much without doing anything.
Doing56.04Doing this is called the dark and mysterious identity.
doing57.01be used with great cunning, but loyalty is only won by not-doing.
doing63.01Act by not acting; do by not doing.
dominate30.08the one who overcomes an enemy should not dominate them.
dominate51.08It is their master, but it does not seek to dominate them.
done02.11When her work is done, she takes no credit.
done24.05of their accomplishments diminish the things they have done.
done29.02I don't think it can ever be done.
done59.04is an abundance of virtue, there is nothing that can not be done.
done70.03come from the ancients, the things I do are done for a reason.
door27.02memory, and a well made door is easy to open and needs no
door47.01Without opening your door, you can know the whole world.
doubts41.02of the Tao, he believes half of it, and doubts the other half.
down54.01That which is well built will never be torn down.
downward77.02The top is bent downward; the bottom is bent up.
draw35.01who follows the way of the Tao will draw the world to her steps.
drawing77.01The Tao of Heaven works in the world like the drawing of a bow.
drift20.09I am lost and drift about with no place to go.
drift20.14I drift on the waves on the ocean, blown at the mercy of the
drink53.05to have your fill of food and drink and to waste all of your money
dry39.12Without unity, the valleys become dry as a desert.
dry76.02Living plants are flexible and tender; the dead are brittle and dry.
dull09.02The sharper the knife the easier it is to dull.
dull20.12Ordinary people are clever; I alone am dull.
dull20.15Other people have their goals, I alone am dull and uncouth.
dull39.18shine like the precious gem, but be as dull as a common stone.
dulls04.03It dulls the sharp, unties the knotted, shades the lighted, and
dust04.03knotted, shades the lighted, and unites all of creation with dust.
dust56.03harmonize your inner light, and become one with the dust.
duty38.07moral person will act out of duty, and when no one will respond
dwell77.09She does not dwell on her past accomplishments, and does not
dwelling08.04The location makes the dwelling good.
dwells38.14She dwells in the Tao, and not with the things that hide it.
dying50.03Because they are afraid of dying, therefore they can not live.
dying74.02If you aren't afraid of dying, there is nothing you can not do.