economy, and are all for being liberal;Regardless of how much or how little we have, if we exercise moderation, we almost always have something to share with others. It may not be a lot, but a small amount from someone who doesn't have much is a more meaningful gift than a similar amount from someone who has a great deal!
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~
They abandon economy, but try to be generous;
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~
Reaches widely but discards conservation
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~
They try to be generous
but they don't practice moderation
in their own lives.
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from Beatrice.com, 2004 ~
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