Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching Chapter 40

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J Legge    J H McDonald   Lin Yutang

Tao Te Ching Chapter 40

J Legge

The movement of the Tao
By contraries proceeds;
And weakness marks the course
Of Tao’s mighty deeds.

All things under heaven sprang from It as existing (and named); that existence sprang from It as non-existent (and not named).

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 Tao Te Ching Chapter 40

J H McDonald

All movement returns to the Tao.
Weakness is how the Tao works.

All of creation is born from substance.
Substance is born of nothing-ness.

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 Tao Te Ching Chapter 40

Lin Yutang

Reversion is the action of Tao.
Gentleness is the function of Tao.
The things of this world come from Being,
And Being (comes) from Non-being.

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