Do thou what's straight still crooked deem;This line speaks to me loudly. I don't what it is about me, but straight lines often look crooked and crooked lines look straight!
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~
Great straightness seems twisted.
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~
Great straightness seems bent
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~
The straightest line looks crooked.
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from Beatrice.com, 2004 ~
Rulers are of no help whatsoever. No matter how I try to measure things out and then line them up, my so-called straight lines always seem a bit off-center. Ironically, I can draw lines that seem off-center to me, but others will tell me it's perfectly straight!
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