Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Tao Te Ching

'Do you want to improve the world? I don't think it can be done. The world is sacred. It can't be improved. If you tamper with it, you'll ruin it. If you treat it like an object, you'll lose it.' Stephen Mitchell's translation of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching (The Book of the Way) has sold over half a million copies worldwide. In this stunningly beautiful edition of the fundamental modern Taoist philosophy text, Mitchell's words are set against ancient ...

Details Tao Te Ching

TitleTao Te Ching
Release DateAug 28th, 1989
GenrePhilosophy, Nonfiction, Religion, Classics, Spirituality, Poetry, Cultural, China, Taoism, Self Help, Eastern Philosophy

Reviews Tao Te Ching

  • trivialchemy
    The book that can be reviewed is not the constant book.The review which reviews can be neither full of review nor lacking.But as the river changes course over seasons must the reviewer neither review nor not review, but follow the constant review.
  • Gerry
    I'm an unbeliever and have been since the first time I played hooky from Sunday services and the Eye in the Sky didn’t say boo. So it may seem strange that I’m reviewing the Tao Te Ching, the widely known and influential Taoist text, written by Lao-Tzu and poetically translated in this edition by Stephen Mitchell. For me, the Tao Te Ching is more folk wisdom than religious treatise and is more useful than a million sermons.Where the Tao Te Ch...
  • فؤاد
    آيين تائو"تائو" مبدأ و جوهر نهانى جهان را نوعى ظلمت و بى شكلى مى داند كه توصيفش از آن به قدرى به "عدم" نزديك است كه سخت بتوان آن را منطبق بر مفهوم رايج "خدا" دانست.بر اساس حكمت تائو سالك با رسيدن به اين ظلمت و عدم است كه به آرامش مى رسد: با رها كردن انديشيد...
  • Dolors
    “The Tao is always nameless” (Chapter 71)Trying to narrow down the philosophy of the Tao Te Ching with limiting words is to violate its primordial essence. How can one describe the Universe, the natural order of things, the incessant flowing from being to non-being, the circular unity of a reality traditionally mismatched in dualistic terms? The Tao Te Ching doesn’t provide answers because there needn’t be questions, just the harmony of m...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu The Tao Te Ching, also known by its pinyin romanization Dao De Jing, is a Chinese classic text traditionally credited to the 6th-century BC sage Laozi. The text's authorship, date of composition and date of compilation are debated. The oldest excavated portion dates back to the late 4th century BC, but modern scholarship dates other parts of the text as having been written—or at least compiled—later than the earliest por...
  • Burt
    This is, by far, my favorite translation of the Tao Te Ching. I own a few others and they're all well and good, but this one is the one I continually read from and refer to when people ask me about the Tao.The translation is well done, it captures the nature of the text well, and it flows fairly evenly. It's not overly flowery or ornate, it gives you the basics of what you need to understand the various entries and assist in understanding what Ta...
  • Florencia
    Concatenated thoughts. Review #1 ✔ - #2 They come to be and he claims no possession of them, He works without holding on, Accomplishes without claiming merit. Because he does not claim merit, His merit does not go away. The Tao Te Ching is a classical text credited to Chinese philosopher and writer Lao Tzu (6th century) and on which Taoism is based. It consists of 81 short chapters written in poetic form which, using a pithy language brimming ...
  • Eddie Watkins
    There are many translations of the Taoteching, nearly every one of which is probably worth reading, but this is my favorite version. I can’t attest to the accuracy of the translation, but having read so many different translations of the same text I feel like in some strange way I have a grasp of the original; as if a blank space (the Chinese original) has been given shape and definition by all the English versions surrounding it. But anyway......
  • Bruce
    I'm always reading this little book containing the essence of wisdom. For years I've read it again and again, one chapter every morning.
  • peiman-mir5 rezakhani
    دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتابِ ارزشمند، نوشتهٔ انسانِ خردمندی به نامِ است که در زمانِ بزرگ، در چین زندگی میکرده است... داستانِ زندگیِ او در چین بیشتر به یک افسانه شباهت دارد... امّا آنچه مهم است، سخنانِ زیبا و اندیشمندانه ایست که از این انسانِ خردمند و ف...
  • Issa Deerbany
    عرفت الان بعد قراءة هذا الكتاب سر التواضع والاحترام التي تسود سكان شرق اسيا عموما والصين واليابان خصوصا.التاو تدعوا الى التكامل وليس التناقض.الفلسفة السائدة في الشرق الأوسط وأوروبا هي فلسفة التناقض:الخير ضد الشر، السلام ضد الحرب، الليل ضد النهار....
  • Florencia
    Concatenated thoughts. Review #1 - #2 ✔ Things arise and she lets them come;things disappear and she lets them go.She has but doesn't possess,acts but doesn't expect. The Tao Te Ching is a classical text credited to Chinese philosopher and writer Lao Tzu (6th century) and on which Taoism is based. It consists of 81 short chapters written in poetic form which, using a pithy language brimming with evocative and, at times, repetitive contradictio...
  • Heidi Parton
    This version irritates me a lot, largely because of Stephen Mitchell's arrogance in writing it (I'll go into that in a bit). This is not a translation (which Mitchell was at least gracious enough to make clear in the back of the book); it's a translation of various translations. The problem with this is that a translation of a translation turns out the same way that a copy of a copy does: while some of the original words and phrases are identifia...
  • 7jane
    (review after rereading:)This book's contents and history have both a sense of vagueness, but not in a bad way, in my opinion. It's somewhat uncertain when it was written (circa 4th-3rd century BC), the author's life details are largely invented, and the existence of the author is not quite certain either (Lao Tzu is just his title, and also it's not known if the text is by one author, or a group of authors worked over some years). It was first t...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    This was immensely interesting to read, though I found myself somewhat aggravated by the passivism that ran through the writing. It's almost like a poetical treatise on humility, but what of ambition and a drive to make the world a better place? Should we all accept our station in life and never aim to improve? I think not. It accepts things as they are (however they are) and cannot conceive of a better future. Everything should stay the same, an...
  • Fatima
    چقدر زیبا و لذت بخش بود، به قول دوستی ، متن کتاب شبیه شعری لطیف و دلنشین هست که آدم دوست داره بارها بخونتش. بخش هایی از کتاب رو که دوست داشتم اینجا قرار میدم :25قبل از تولد جهانچيزي بي شكل و كامل وجود داشت.آن آرام است؛ خالي،تنها، تغيير ناپذير،بي نهايت، ...
  • Farhan Khalid
    When people see things as beautiful, ugliness is createdWhen people see things as good, evil is createdThe master leads by emptying people's mindThe Tao is like an empty vesselIt can never be emptied and can never be filledMaster doesn’t take sidesThe spirit of emptiness is immortalThe location makes the dwelling goodDepth of understanding makes the mind goodA kind heart makes the giving goodIntegrity makes the government goodAccomplishment mak...
  • Raha
    گاهی اوقات لازمه که کمی از زندگی هامون فاصله بگیریم و اندکی دورتر بایستیم تا دید بهتر و بازتری نسبت به شرایط و مسائلی که در اطرافمون می گذره داشته باشیم بعضی وقت ها بهترین کار اینه که از دور و در سکوت شاهد و نظاره گر جریان زندگی مون باشیم. اینکه هر از ...
  • Brian
    4.24.19I read this translation by Sam Torode every day on my phone, with a hard copy of another translation I will review soon. The simplicity of Torode's translation makes it my favorite so far and lines up with the Taoist philosophy of simplicity. I may consider other works translated by Torode. He has some interesting works out there, such as "The Song of Solomon."Update: 3.14.18Third translation I've read, my favorite of the three. I love thi...
  • Mustafa
    مراجعتي مع مقتطفات من كتاب الطاو بصوتي https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAWUi...كلنا نعرف المثل الذي يقول مشوار الالف ميل يبدأ بخطوة واحدة ولكننا لا نعرف من الذي قاله، وفي الحقيقة ان هذه الحكمة الجميلة جاءتنا من الصين وتحديدا من الحكيم الصيني القديم لاوتسو، الذي عاش...
  • RK-ïsme
    This version of the Dao De Jing, translated by Richard John Lynn, is highly recommended to those who are not looking for the touchy feely Laozi. Rather it is a translation for those interested in ancient Chinese thought. A wonderful translation.The Dao De Jing was probably written, by author or authors unknown, in the fourth century B.C.E. and "is primarily addressed to the ruler who would be a sage-king and is mainly concerned with achieving the...
  • Jeremy
    This has got to be one of the most perennially beguiling, elliptical things ever written. And it seems all the more mysterious to me because so much of it is couched as this extremely practical, almost Machiavellian political advice. Having been schooled entirely in the western intellectual tradition, with its notions of hierarchy, dualism and progression (historical, socio/cultural or otherwise), this was a complete mind-fuck to me. It sort of r...
  • Onaiza Khan
    This is just mindblowing.
  • Hussein Dehghani
    "تائو" یعنی راه و روش یا قانون حاکم بر هستی و حیات و "تِ" به معانی فضیلت، نفوذ و نیروی اخلاق است. این واژه، در خط چینی، از سه نشانه ترکیب یافته که یکی به معنای "رفتن"، دیگری به معنای "مستقیم" یا "سرراست" و سومی به معنای "دل" است.وقتی این سه نشانه با هم گذاشته...
  • James
    The Tao Te Ching is a book that cannot be read directly. Unfortunately, I have little experience reading books indirectly, so I found this a difficult book to read, end even more difficult to discern what was being said by the author. A friend told me that he thought Heraclitus, the Greek pre-Socratic philosopher, was somewhat like Lao Tzu. Heraclitus said "you can't step in the same river twice". He believed that reality was a flux composed of a...
  • Fahim
    فرزانه ، فضل گذاردابله به فضل کوشدفرزانه جهان رها کند، ناکرده ای نمانَد ابله ، هماره سر کار ، بسیار ماند کار... *******رَستن از آرزو ، آرزوی فرزانه استناموختن بياموزد.... *******دریا چرا فرمانرواى صد رود است؟به پایشان جاری ستمردم را تا راهنما باشی،فروتن باش...
  • Krystal
    A short read but worth taking the time with.I really enjoyed mulling over the short passages, and taking the time to re-read them and really think about what the words meant. So many incredibly great lines, full of inspiration.It will confuse people looking for face-value prose but for the deep thinkers this will really challenge you to think about life in all its intricacies, and to question your own nature. Great read.Highly recommend for the m...
  • Bekhradaa
    ۳۹۴نزدیک به زمین زندگی کنیدهمواره ساده بیندیشید...در زندگی خانوادگی همیشه در دسترس و حاضر باشیدوقتی از اینکه خودتان هستید خوشنودیدو از رقابت و مقایسه دست کشیده ایدهمگان به شما احترام میگذارند
  • Veronique
    “A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.” I’ve had this book for years and only now found the inkling to have a look. It is very slim and can be read quickly, although as all poetry, it takes time to properly ingest...Lao Tzu seems to like 'twisting' words from noun to verb and vice versa. In that fashion, I was reminded of one of my favourite poems from Emily Dickinson (Much Madness is divinest Sens...
  • Mimi
    Interesting in that round-about way, the way ambiguous wordplay in poetry tend to be. Overall though it couldn't hold my attention for long. I had to stop and restart a page several times because my mind wandered. It had nothing to do with the content of the writing, but rather the soothing rhythmic "beat" that made it easy for me to not focus. Half the time I didn't even realized I was doing it until I reached a photo page. This book might be be...