Tao Te Ching
THE TAOISM OF LAO TZU
Fake Lao Tzu Quote
"When you are content..."
This is NOT a quote from Tao Te Ching:
"When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you."
So much in this sentence deviates from the perspectives of Lao Tzu. Comparing and competing is an obsession of modern man, but hardly of the people of ancient China. The idea of being oneself, too, is quite anachronistic. Lao Tzu would ask: What else can one be? Also "everyone will respect you" fits our days better than those of Lao Tzu.
But behind this modern lingo, thoughts similar to those of Lao Tzu can be detected. To be content without strife and allow one's life to be simple is what Lao Tzu recommended. The one who lives so will gain the admiration of others.
Lo and behold, this quote is found in a popular version of Tao Te Ching from 1988, written by Stephen Mitchell. His version has been the most bestselling one for years, and still is. He allowed himself plenty of poetic license to make Lao Tzu's text accessible to modern man.
For comparison, here is my version of the end of chapter 8:
April 2, 2017, revised September 10, 2020.
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