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  •  Chapter 12 (8+ / 0-)
    The five colors blind the eye.
    The five tones deafen the ear.
    The five flavors overwhelm the palate.

    Fancy things get in the way of one’s growth.
    Racing here and there, hunting for this and that —
    Good ways to madden your mind, that’s all.

    Relinquish what is without.
    Cultivate what is within.
    Live for your center, not your senses.

    Translated by Brian Browne Walker

    I have many translations, and Walker's is a favorite. Another is The Wisdom of Laotse, in which Lin Yutang matched up Laozi's chapters with passages from Zhuangzi.

    (Lao Tsu = Laotse = Laozi)

    Thank you, michelewln.

    I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.

    by Joy of Fishes on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 05:55:03 AM PST

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