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Ch. 19 Sentence 1
Beck Abandon religion and discard cleverness, and people will benefit a hundredfold.
Blackney Get rid of the wise men! Put out the professors! Then people will profit A hundredfold over.
Bynner Rid of formalized wisdom and learning People would be a hundredfold happier,
Byrn Forget about knowledge and wisdom, and people will be a hundred times better off.
Chan Abandon sageliness and discard wisdom; Then the people will benefit a hundredfold.
Cleary Eliminate sagacity, abandon knowledge, and the people will benefit a hundredfold.
Crowley If we forgot out statesmanship and our wisdom, it would be a hundred times better for the people.
Hansen Terminate 'sageliness', junk 'wisdom' the people will benefit a hundred-fold.
LaFargue Discard "Wisdom," throw away "Knowledge" - the people will benefit a hundredfold.
Legge If we could renounce our sageness and discard our wisdom, it would be better for the people a hundredfold.
Lindauer Break away from sageliness, toss out wisdom People benefit one hundred times over
LinYutan Banish wisdom, discard knowledge, And the people shall profit a hundredfold;
Mabry Forget "holiness," abandon "intelligence" and the people will be a hundred times better off.
McDonald Banish wisdom, discard knowledge, Then the people will benefit a hundred times.
Merel If we could discard knowledge and wisdom Then people would profit a hundredfold;
Mitchell Throw away holiness and wisdom, and people will be a hundred times happier.
Muller Get rid of "holiness" and abandon "wisdom" and the people will benefit a hundredfold.
Red Pine Get rid of wisdom and reason and people will live a hundred times better
Ta-Kao Do away with sageness and eject wisdom, and the people will be more benefited a hundred times.
Walker Give up religiosity and knowledge, and the people will benefit a hundredfold.
Wayism  
Wieger Reject (artificial, conventional, political) wisdom and prudence, (in order to return to primal natural uprightness). and the people will be a hundred times happier.
World Quit distinguishing the wise and their wisdom, the saints and their holiness, and the people will be a hundred times better off.
Wu Drop wisdom and abandon cleverness, and the people will be benefited a hundredfold.


Ch. 19 Sentence 2
Beck Abandon humanity and discard morality, and people will rediscover love and duty.
Blackney Away with the kind ones; Those righteous men too! And let people return To the graces of home.
Bynner Rid of conventionalized duty and honour People would find their families dear,
Byrn Throw away charity and righteousness, and people will return to brotherly love.
Chan Abandon humanity and discard righteousness; Then the people will return to filial piety and deep love.
Cleary Eliminate humanitarianism, abandon duty, and the people return to familial love.
Crowley If we forgot our benevolence and our justice, they would become again like sons, folk of good will.
Hansen Terminate 'humanity', junk 'morality' the people will respond with 'filiality' and 'affection'.
LaFargue Discard "Goodness," throw away "Morality" - the people will turn back to respect and caring.
Legge If we could renounce our benevolence and discard our righteousness, the people would again become filial and kindly.
Lindauer Break away from humanity, toss out morality People return to filial devotion and mothering
LinYutan Banish "humanity," discard "justice," And the people shall recover love of their kin;
Mabry Give up "humanitarianism," put away "righteousness" and people will rediscover brotherly love and kindness.
McDonald Banish human love, just dump righteous, moral justice, and then the people will be dutiful and recover deep love of their kin.
Merel If we could discard duty and justice Then harmonious relationships would form;
Mitchell Throw away morality and justice, and people will do the right thing.
Muller Get rid of "altruism" and abandon "Justice" and the people will return to filial piety and compassion.
Red Pine get rid of kindness and justice and people once more will love and obey
Ta-Kao Do away with learning, and grief will not be known. Do away with benevolence and eject righteousness, and the people will return to filial duty and parental love.
Walker Discard morality and righteousness, and the people will return to natural love.
Wayism  
Wieger Reject (artificial, conventional) goodness and fairness, (filial and fraternal piety), and the people will come back (for their well-being, to natural goodness and fairness), to spontaneous filial and paternal piety.
World Quit distinguishing morality, righteousness and benevolence and humanity will stay centered in its oneness.
Wu Drop humanity, abandon justice, And the people will return to their natural affections.


Ch. 19 Sentence 3
Beck Abandon skill and discard profit, and there will be no thieves or robbers.
Blackney Root out the artisans; Banish the profiteers! And bandits and robbers Will not come to plunder.
Bynner Rid of legalized profiteering People would have no thieves to fear.
Byrn Throw away profit and greed, and there won't be any thieves.
Chan Abandon skill and discard profit; Then there will be no thieves or robbers.
Cleary Eliminate craft, abandon profit, and theft will no longer exist.
Crowley If we forgot our machines and our business, there would be no knavery.
Hansen Terminate 'artistry', junk 'benefit' thieves and robbers will lack 'existence'.
LaFargue Discard "Skill," throw away "Profit" - robbers and thieves will disappear.
Legge If we could renounce our artful contrivances and discard our (scheming for) gain, there would be no thieves nor robbers.
Lindauer Break away from valuing, toss out profit Thieves and robbers are not in existence.
LinYutan Banish cunning, discard "utility," And the thieves and brigands shall disappear.
Mabry Forget "great art," throw away "profit" and there will be no more thieves.
McDonald Banish cunning and skill, dispel profit; dismiss utility," then thieves and robbers will disappear.
Merel If we could discard artifice and profit Then waste and theft would disappear.
Mitchell Throw away industry and profit, and there won't be any thieves.
Muller Get rid of cleverness and abandon profit, and thieves and gangsters will not exist.
Red Pine get rid of cleverness and profit and thieves will cease to exist
Ta-Kao Do away with artifice and eject gains, and there will be no robbers and thieves.
Walker Abandon shrewdness and profiteering, and there won't be any robbers or thieves.
Wayism  
Wieger Reject art and gain, and evildoers will disappear. (With the primordial simplicity, they will return to primordial honesty).
World Abandon the pursuit of commercial profit and the number of thieves and robbers will be greatly reduced.
Wu Drop shrewdness, abandon sharpness, And robbers and thieves will cease to be.


Ch. 19 Sentence 4
Beck These three things relate to externals and are inadequate.
Blackney But if these three prove not enough To satisfy the mind and heart,
Bynner These methods of life have failed, all three,
Byrn These three are superficial and aren't enough to keep us at the center of the circle, so we must also:
Chan However, these three things are ornaments (wen) and are not adequate.
Cleary These three become insufficient when used for embellishment causing there to be attachments.
Crowley These new methods despised the olden Way, inventing fine names to disguise their barrenness.
Hansen These three taken as slogans are insufficient.
LaFargue Taking these three lines as your text - this is not sufficient. Give them something to fasten on to:
Legge Those three methods (of government) Thought olden ways in elegance did fail And made these names their want of worth to veil;
Lindauer These three used as a basis for action are ornament, insufficient. So make present what principles?
LinYutan As these three touch the externals and are inadequate,
Mabry These things are superficial and are simply not enough. People need something solid to hold on to.
McDonald These three things are not enough; externals are somehow decorations, purpose's not enough; they tend to rob life and make it too little complicated.
Merel Yet such remedies treat only symptoms And so they are inadequate.
Mitchell If these three aren't enough,
Muller Since the above three are merely words, they are not sufficient. Therefore there must be something to include them all.
Red Pine but these three sayings are not enough hence let this be added
Ta-Kao These four, if we consider them as culture, are not sufficient.
Walker These are external matters, however.
Wayism  
Wieger Renounce these three artificial categories, for the artificial is good-for-nothing.
World These are just three impediments to peace and harmony and abandoning them is not enough.
Wu These three are the criss-cross of Tao, And are not sufficient in themselves.


Ch. 19 Sentence 5
Beck People need what they can depend on: reveal simplicity; embrace the natural; control selfishness; reduce desires.
Blackney More relevant, then, let there be A visible simplicity of life, Embracing unpretentious ways, And small self-interest And poverty of coveting.
Bynner Here is the way, it seems to me: Set people free, As deep in their hearts they would like to be, From private greeds And wanton needs.
Byrn Embrace simplicity. Put others first. Desire little.
Chan Therefore let people hold on to these: Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires.
Cleary See the basic, embrace the unspoiled, lessen selfishness, diminish desire.
Crowley But simplicity in the doing of the will of every man would put an end to vain ambitions and desires.
Hansen Hence, leads us to postulate that to which they belong. Visualize simplicity and embrace uncarved wood. Downgrade 'selfishness' and diminish 'desire.' Terminate learning and you will lack irritation.
LaFargue Pay attention to the Raw, embrace the Uncarved discount your personal interests, make your desires few, doing of the will of every man would put an end to vain ambitions and desires.
Legge But simple views, and courses plain and true Would selfish ends and many lusts eschew.
Lindauer See plainness Embrace true nature Reduce self-interest Limit desires.
LinYutan The people have need of what they can depend upon: Reveal thy simple self, Embrace thy original nature, Check thy selfishness, Curtail thy desires.
Mabry And here it is: Be real. Embrace simplicity. Put others first. Desire little.
McDonald Therefore let people hold well on to keeping accessories; keeping simplicity to look at. Go on and shield their internal soul's nature as some ritual, raw block to hold, their private, secret means and foster less ardent desires.
Merel People need personal remedies: Reveal your naked self and embrace your original nature; Bind your self-interest and control your ambition; Forget your habits and simplify your affairs.
Mitchell just stay at the centre of the circle and let all things take their course.
Muller See the origin and keep the non-differentiated state. Lessen selfishness and decrease desire.
Red Pine wear the undyed and hold the uncarved reduce self-interest and limit desires get rid of learning and problems will vanish
Ta-Kao Therefore let there be what the people can resort to: Appear in plainness and hold to simplicity; Restrain selfishness and curtail desires.
Walker What is most important is what happens within: look to what is pure; hold to what is simple; let go of self-interest; temper your desires.
Wayism  
Wieger Be attached to simplicity and naturalness. Have few personal interests, and few desires.
World Peace and harmony reside in the simplicity of an uncarved piece of wood. Quit distinguishing the self and reside in oneness. Curb your desires and aspirations and experience the peace and harmony of simplicity.
Wu Therefore, they should be subordinated To a Higher principle: See the Simple and embrace the Primal, Diminish the self and curb the desires!