The Book of the Right Way of Laozi – 12

12

The five colours blind his eyes.

The five sounds deafen his ears.

The five tastes over-stimulate his mouth.

Excessive haste, hard work, hunting, make his mind crazy.

Greed for money is not good, harming his conduct.

Truly, because the sage acts from his centre, not from the eyes,

Therefore he accepts one and eschews the other.

五 色 令 人 目 盲 ﹔ 五 音 令 人 耳 聋 ﹔ 五 味 令 人 口 爽 ﹔

驰 骋 畋 猎 , 令 人 心 发 狂 ﹔ 难 得 之 货 , 令 人 行 妨 。
是 以 圣 人 为 腹 不 为 目 , 故 去 彼 取 此 。

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