Translation: Tao Te King – Chapter 72. Loving yourself

Chapter 72. Loving yourself

When the people don’t have correct fear for the current dangers, they plunge forward into even worse dangers¹.

Let them be cautious, that they don’t expand their house tired of the current state of things.

If they don’t despise it, no such weariness is born.

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This is why the wise one, even if he has self-esteem, does not brag.

He loves but does not place himself high.

That is how he avoids pride and is content.


  1. Mr. Ervast: “Or: When people don’t fear the majesty of power they are plunged deeper into the hands of reign of terror.

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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