Tao Te Ching
THE TAOISM OF LAO TZU
Fake Lao Tzu Quote
"Silence is a source..."
This is NOT a quote from Tao Te Ching:
"Silence is a source of great strength."
Lao Tzu would surely recommend silence, though not as a source to strength, but to avoid meaningless chatter. The last lines of chapter 5 in Tao Te Ching read (my version):
Since both occurrences are so recent, it is likely that they got the quote from the Internet. But the oldest example of the quote I have fund with an ascertained date is from the same year as the books — to be precise, April 29, 2006, ascribing it to Lao Tzu. It is a blog in Portuguese about anesthesia, so I doubt it got that much attention.
Changing the order of the wording slightly, though, gives a different result:
The quote is from his version of the last lines of chapter 5, mentioned above. The whole comparable part of the chapter is in his writing (page 9):
Well, at least Heider was frank about making his own adaption. He wrote in the introduction (page xii), "it is my own version of the meaning of Lao Tzu's own words." So, it is not really Lao Tzu's own words. Really not.
Heider wrote another book on the Tao theme: The Tao of Daily Living from 2000. Another quote from Heider's version of Tao Te Ching is discussed in the chapter When I let go of what I am.
September 20, 2020.
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