Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – chapter 19
Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – chapter 19

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – chapter 19

Give up sainthood, renounce wisdom,
And it will be a hundred times better for everyone.

Give up kindness, renounce morality,
And men will rediscover filial piety and love.

Give up ingenuity, renounce profit,
And bandits and thieves will disappear.

These three are outward forms alone; they are not sufficient in themselves.
It is more important
To see the simplicity,
To realize one’s true nature,
To cast off selfishness
And temper desire

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