Tao Te Ching
THE TAOISM OF LAO TZU
Fake Lao Tzu Quote
"Success is as dangerous..."
This is NOT a quote from Tao Te Ching:
"Success is as dangerous as failure. Hope is as hollow as fear."
This quote makes sense and it is similar to statements made in Tao Te Ching. That is no wonder, since it is Stephen Mitchell's 1988 version of the first lines of chapter 13.
The problem is that Lao Tzu's text discusses other aspects than Mitchell's wording implies, mainly those of fear and vulnerability. Here is my version of the same lines:
Chapter 13 goes on explaining what these statements mean, but that is treated in my chapter Hope and fear are both phantoms, which deals with Mitchell's version of other lines in this same Tao Te Ching chapter.
The only reason I at all treat this quote separately is the fact that it appears as such in books and on the web.
For more about Stephen Mitchell and his version of Tao Te Ching, see the chapter A good traveler has no fixed plans.
September 20, 2020.
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