Translation: Tao Te King – Chapter 33. Distinguishing virtue

Chapter 33. Distinguishing virtue

Wise is he who knows others.

Chinese word 'de', 'virtue' in seal script
De 德 “virtue”. in Seal Script. PD-ancient uploaded by Keahapana. Originates from chineseetymology.org.

Who knows himself is enlightened.

Strong is he who wins the others.

Who wins himself is great.

Rich is he who contends well.

Who has a destination walks quickly.

Who fills his place stays safe.

Who dies without getting corrupted reaches immortality.


Own translation from 1925 Finnish translation by Pekka Ervast (ISBN 951-8995-01-X) with kind permission of Ruusu-Ristin Kirjallisuusseura ry.

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