The Book of the Right Way by Laozi – 23

23

Human nature is inscrutable.
Transitory phenomena are changeable.
What causes this? The cosmos.
The cosmos is supreme, yet even it cannot make things persist.
How much less so can a human being?
Therefore, he who practises the method is adaptable.
He who follows the method, practises the method.
He who follows what is right, practises righteousness.
Like attracts like.
He who practises the method, follows the method. He enjoys the happiness of the method.
He who practises righteousness, follows what is right. He enjoys the happiness of the righteous.
He who does not have, does not attract what he does not have. Thus, happiness is not his.
Where there is no conviction, there is inadequacy. Where there is inadequacy, there is no truth.

老 子:  「道 德 經」 :  第 二 十 三 章

希 言 自 然 。
故 飄 風 不 終 朝 , 驟 雨 不 終 日 。

孰 為 此 者 。

天 地 。 天 地 尚 不 能 久 , 而 況 於 人 乎 。

故 從 事 於 道 者 , 同 於 道 ﹔

德 者 , 同 於 德 ﹔ 失 者 , 同 於 失 。

同 於 道 者 , 道 亦 樂 得 之 ﹔

同 於 德 者 , 德 亦 樂 得 之 ﹔

同 於 失 者 , 失 亦 樂 得 之 。
信 不 足 焉 , 有 不 信 焉 。

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