Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching

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Title:Tao Te Ching
Author:Lao Tzu
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Genres:Philosophy
ISBN:道德經 [dào dé jīng]
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:160 pages pages

Tao Te Ching Reviews

  • trivialchemy
    Jun 06, 2007
    The book that can be reviewed is not the constant book. The review which reviews can be neither full of review nor lacking. But as the river changes course over seasons must the reviewer neither review nor not review, but follow the constant review. ...
  • Gerry
    Jun 28, 2007
    I'm an unbeliever and have been since the first time I played hooky from Sunday services and the Eye in the Sky didn?t say boo. So it may seem strange that I?m reviewing the Tao Te Ching, the widely known and influential Taoist text, written by Lao-Tzu and poetically translated in ...
  • Rob
    Feb 04, 2008
    highlights: 3 - not collecting treasures prevents stealing. 13- accept disgrace willingly 23- he who does not trust will not be trusted 46- he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough 57- the more rules and regulations, the more thieves and robbers there will be ...
  • Burt
    Aug 17, 2007
    This is, by far, my favorite translation of the Tao Te Ching. I own a few others and they're all well and good, but this one is the one I continually read from and refer to when people ask me about the Tao. The translation is well done, it captures the nature of the text well, and i...
  • Alex
    Dec 11, 2007
    To a Westerner, the Tao Te Ching presents another perspective for understanding meaning and effectiveness. For example, the Tao Te Ching shows how movement towards progress creates movement against progress, "Do not exalt the worthy, and the people will not compete... Do not display ob...
  • Evan
    Aug 29, 2007
    The description of this book is wrong: "Like Stephen Mitchell, acclaimed author and poet Ursula K. Le Guin has attempted a nonliteral, poetic rendition of the Tao Te Ching" It's nothing like Mitchell's pretty but totally opaque translation. LeGuin gives you readable ideas, argume...
  • James
    Feb 12, 2009
    The Tao Te Ching is a book that cannot be read directly. Unfortunately, I have little experience reading books indirectly, so I found this a difficult book to read, end even more difficult to discern what was being said by the author. A friend told me that he thought Heraclitus, the ...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Apr 27, 2012
    Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu The Tao Te Ching, also known by its pinyin romanization Dao De Jing, is a Chinese classic text traditionally credited to the 6th-century BC sage Laozi. The text's authorship, date of composition and date of compilation are debated. The oldest excavated portion d...
  • Jeremy
    Mar 10, 2011
    This has got to be one of the most perennially beguiling, elliptical things ever written. And it seems all the more mysterious to me because so much of it is couched as this extremely practical, almost Machiavellian political advice. Having been schooled entirely in the western intelle...
  • Eddie Watkins
    Mar 13, 2009
    There are many translations of the Taoteching, nearly every one of which is probably worth reading, but this is my favorite version. I can?t attest to the accuracy of the translation, but having read so many different translations of the same text I feel like in some strange way I ha...
  • Bruce
    Jun 04, 2008
    I'm always reading this little book containing the essence of wisdom. For years I've read it again and again, one chapter every morning. ...
  • Mimi
    Jan 19, 2015
    Interesting in that round-about way, the way ambiguous wordplay in poetry tend to be. Overall though it couldn't hold my attention for long. I had to stop and restart a page several times because my mind wandered. It had nothing to do with the content of the writing, but rather the soo...
  • Farhan Khalid
    Sep 04, 2014
    When people see things as beautiful, ugliness is created When people see things as good, evil is created The master leads by emptying people's mind The Tao is like an empty vessel It can never be emptied and can never be filled Master doesn?t take sides The spirit o...
  • Heidi Parton
    Nov 15, 2011
    This version irritates me a lot, largely because of Stephen Mitchell's arrogance in writing it (I'll go into that in a bit). This is not a translation (which Mitchell was at least gracious enough to make clear in the back of the book); it's a translation of various translations. The pr...
  • Gabrielle
    Jul 14, 2019
    I knew Ursula Le Guin was interested in Taoism : one only has to read ?The Left Hand of Darkness? (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), her Earthsea stories (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), or even ?The Dispossessed? (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) t...
  • ἀρχαῖος (arkhaîos)
    Jan 31, 2015
    This version of the Dao De Jing, translated by Richard John Lynn, is highly recommended to those who are not looking for the touchy feely Laozi. Rather it is a translation for those interested in ancient Chinese thought. A wonderful translation. The Dao De Jing was probably written,...
  • Veronique
    May 24, 2018
    ?A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.? I?ve had this book for years and only now found the inkling to have a look. It is very slim and can be read quickly, although as all poetry, it takes time to properly ingest... Lao Tzu seems...
  • Vipassana
    Jun 29, 2015
    It is by being alive to difficulty that one can avoid it. As much as I wished to write a review for Tao Te Ching, I'd abandoned the prospect of writing a review a couple of days ago. Too many changes over the past few days that I couldn't summon the will to write as I had intended to....
  • Dolors
    Sep 02, 2014
    ?The Tao is always nameless? (Chapter 71) Trying to narrow down the philosophy of the Tao Te Ching with limiting words is to violate its primordial essence. How can one describe the Universe, the natural order of things, the incessant flowing from being to non-being, the circul...
  • Krystal
    Sep 21, 2016
    A short read but worth taking the time with. I really enjoyed mulling over the short passages, and taking the time to re-read them and really think about what the words meant. So many incredibly great lines, full of inspiration. It will confuse people looking for face-value prose...
  • Florencia
    Aug 18, 2018
    Concatenated thoughts. Review #1 ? - #2 They come to be and he claims no possession of them, He works without holding on, Accomplishes without claiming merit. Because he does not claim merit, His merit does not go away. The Tao Te Ching is a classical text credited to...
  • Florencia
    Dec 13, 2017
    Concatenated thoughts. Review #1 - #2 ? Things arise and she lets them come; things disappear and she lets them go. She has but doesn't possess, acts but doesn't expect. The Tao Te Ching is a classical text credited to Chinese philosopher and writer Lao Tzu (6th century) an...
  • Darwin8u
    Nov 09, 2011
    The Tao Te Ching definitely shines without dazzling. It fits in for me with Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, and the Sermon on the Mount. Books of universal wisdom, truth, and peace that should be read again and again and again. Straigh...
  • Vimal Thiagarajan
    Jul 03, 2016
    Profound, Reflection-provoking piece of ancient text, studded with natural imagery and lyricism. The message has lots of similarities with the Gita. Some parts were obscure and contradicting though, so planning to read a guidance text soon. ...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    Oct 27, 2018
    This was immensely interesting to read, though I found myself somewhat aggravated by the passivism that ran through the writing. It's almost like a poetical treatise on humility, but what of ambition and a drive to make the world a better place? Should we all accept our station in ...
  • João Fernandes
    Apr 29, 2015
    An ode to apathy as a means of utopia. If people are simple and cannot think and the rulers are good then the empire will work. Except this would be the death of humanity's constant evolution and revolution. I could literally see this being handed out in Orwell's Oceania, that's how fa...
  • Brian
    Sep 04, 2017
    4.24.19 I read this translation by Sam Torode every day on my phone, with a hard copy of another translation I will review soon. The simplicity of Torode's translation makes it my favorite so far and lines up with the Taoist philosophy of simplicity. I may consider other works transla...
  • Onaiza Khan
    Jan 13, 2017
    This is just mindblowing. ...
  • Gerrie Williams
    May 28, 2019
    This is an amazing. I've read many books out there and this is the best one. Very enjoyable read! I highly recommend it. I bought this book at discounted price from here: https://www.amazon.com/Tao-Te-Ching-L... ...
  • 7jane
    Feb 16, 2014
    (review after rereading:) This book's contents and history have both a sense of vagueness, but not in a bad way, in my opinion. It's somewhat uncertain when it was written (circa 4th-3rd century BC), the author's life details are largely invented, and the existence of the author is no...