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The Tao Teh King, or the Tao and its Characteristics by Laozi
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THE TAO TEH KING,
OR
THE TAO AND ITS CHARACTERISTICS

by Lao-Tse

translated by James Legge





PART 1.




Ch. 1. 1. The Tao that can be trodden is not the enduring and
unchanging Tao. The name that can be named is not the enduring and
unchanging name.

2. (Conceived of as) having no name, it is the Originator of heaven
and earth; (conceived of as) having a name, it is the Mother of all
things.

3. Always without desire we must be found,
If its deep mystery we would sound;
But if desire always within us be,
Its outer fringe is all that we shall see.