Monday, December 22, 2008

Verse 33

Knowing others is wisdom;
Knowing the self is enlightenment.
Mastering others requires force;
Mastering the self requires strength.

He who knows he has enough is rich.
Perseverance is a sign of will power.
He who stays where he is endures.
To die but not to perish is to be eternally present.

Tao Te Ching | chapter 33 | tr. Feng and English

2 comments:

Paolo said...

knowing yourself leads to understing others ..

bei versi !

sadock said...

I think it's fairly simple to admire this verse as brilliant. You want a challenge? Try picking out the most important line. Even if it's only to you personally. I can do it down to two. Then I'm not sure. No, I'm not telling. At least not publicly. You'll have to ask. If you see this ;)