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Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]

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Chapter 34

The Task of Achievement

Trust in its Perfection / The Perfection of Trust

  Original Legge's Translation Susuki's Translation Goddard's Translation
1 All-pervading is the Great Dao! It may be found on the left hand and on the right. How all-pervading is the great Reason! It can be on the left and it can be on the right. Great Dao is all pervading! It can be on both the right hand and the left.

All things depend on it for their production, which it gives to them, not one refusing obedience to it. When its work is
accomplished, it does not claim the name of having done it. It clothes all things as with a garment, and makes no assumption of being
their lord;--it may be named in the smallest things. All things return (to their root and disappear), and do not know that it is it
which presides over their doing so;--it may be named in the greatest things.

The ten thousand things depend upon it for their life, and it refuses them not. When its merit is accomplished it assumes not the name. Lovingly it nourishes the ten thousand things and plays not the lord. Ever desireless it can be classed with the small. The ten thousand things return home to it. It plays not the lord. It can be classed with the great.

Everything relies upon it for their existence, and it does not fail them. It acquires merit but covets not the title. It lovingly nourishes everything, but does not claim the rights of ownership. It has no desires, it can be classed with the small. Everything returns to it, yet it does not claim the right of ownership. It can be classed with the great.

3 Hence the sage is able (in the same way) to accomplish his great achievements. It is through his not making himself great that he can accomplish them. Therefore the holy man unto death does not make himself great and can thus accomplish his greatness. Therefore the wise man to the end will not pose as a great man, and by so doing will express his true greatness.
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