Monday, April 30, 2012

Line by Line - Verse 66, Line 7

nor though he has his place before them, do they feel it an injury to them.
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~

When he stands before them, they will not be harmed.
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~

They are positioned in front
But the people do not feel harmed

~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~

[No corresponding line]
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from, 2004 ~
I like the way John Lash sums up this line with a simple, but straightforward, thought.
If you lead by example rather than with power, others will not feel forced, and resentment will not arise.
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