Who can take his own superabundance and therewith serve all under heaven? Only he who is in possession of the Tao!Tao gives. Humanity takes.
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~
What man has more than enough and gives it to the world?
Only the man of Tao.
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~
Who can offer their excess to the world?
Only those who have the Tao
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~
So who in this world
is truly generous to others?
People who are in touch with Tao.
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from Beatrice.com, 2004 ~
Until we learn the lessons of nature, suffering will have no end.
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