Translation: Tao Te King – Chapter 44. Staying silent

Chapter 44. Staying silent

Which is closer to you, your name or your life?

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Which is more valuable, your life or your wealth?

Which is bigger evil, earning or losing?

Great piousness demands great sacrifice.

Great wealth causes a great loss.

The one who is satisfied does not suffer defeat.

The one that can stand still avoids danger.

These people are durable.


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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