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Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]

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Chapter 46

The Moderating of Desire or Ambition

Moderation of Desire / Limitation of Desire

  Original Legge's Translation Susuki's Translation Goddard's Translation
1 When the Dao prevails in the world, they send back their swift horses to (draw) the dung-carts. When the Dao is disregarded in the world, the war-horses breed in the border lands. When the world possesses Reason, race horses are reserved for hauling dung. When the world is without Reason, war horses are bred in the common. When the world yields to Dao, race horses will be used to haul manure. When the world ignores Dao war horses are pastured on the public common.
2 There is no guilt greater than to sanction ambition; no calamity
greater than to be discontented with one's lot; no fault greater than
the wish to be getting.

No greater sin than yielding to desire. No greater misery than discontent. No greater calamity than greed.

There is no sin greater than desire. There is no misfortune greater than discontent. There is no calamity greater than acquisitiveness.
3 Therefore the sufficiency of contentment is an enduring and unchanging sufficiency.

Therefore, he who knows content's content is always content.

Therefore to know extreme contentment is simply to be content.
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