Tao Te Ching
THE TAOISM OF LAO TZU
Fake Lao Tzu Quote
"The snow goose..."
This is NOT a quote from Tao Te Ching:
"The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself."
This quote is easy enough to understand. It is about nature already providing us with all we need, similar to what Jesus said about the lilies in Matthew 6:28-29 (King James Version):
The next book to contain the quote is A Guide for the Advanced Soul from 1984, by Susan Hayward, where it is accredited to Lao Tzu (the book lacks pagination). And then You'll See It when You Believe It from 1989, by Wayne W. Dyer, also claiming it to be from Lao Tzu (page 155). Other books have followed, with the same accreditation. None gives any reference to a Tao Te Ching version, or even what chapter it would be from.
There is, though, a similar saying in the book of Chuang Tzu, which reads in James Legge's Texts of Taoism, volume 1, from 1891 (page 357):
In any case, this Chuang Tzu quote must be the origin of the quote examined here. It does not say you should just be yourself, but something that could very well be interpreted that way. The Chuang Tzu text continues:
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