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Ch. 20 Sentence 1
Beck Abandon memorizing, and vexations end. How much difference is there between yes and no? How much difference is there between good and evil?
Blackney Be done with rote learning And its attendant vexations; For is there distinction Of a "yes" from a "yea" Comparable now to the gulf Between evil and good?
Bynner Leave off fine learning! End the nuisance Of saying yes to this and perhaps to that, Distinctions with how little difference! Categorical this, categorical that, What slightest use are they!
Byrn Renounce knowledge and your problems will end. What is the difference between yes and no? What is the difference between good and evil?
Chan Abandon learning and there will be no sorrow. How much difference is there between "Yes, sir," and "Of course not"? How much difference is there between "good" and "evil"?
Cleary Detach from learning and you have no worries. How far apart are yes and yeah? How far apart are good and bad?
Crowley To forget learning is to end trouble. The smallest difference in words, such as "yes" and "yea", can make endless controversy for the scholar.
Hansen How much separates 'Uh huh' and 'Huh uh'? What is the separation like between 'worthy' and 'vile'?
LaFargue Break with Learning, and there will be no trouble. 'Yeah' and 'yes sir' - is there a big difference between them? 'Excellent' and 'despicable' - what's the real difference between them?
Legge When we renounce learning we have no troubles. The (ready) 'yes,' and (flattering) 'yea;'-- Small is the difference they display. But mark their issues, good and ill;-- What space the gulf between shall fill?
Lindauer Break off from studying, there is an absence of grief. Being individual or pandering to each other How do these differ? Valuing or hating each other What is the difference?
LinYutan Banish learning, and vexations end. Between "Ah!" and "Ough!" How much difference is there? Between "good" and "evil" How much difference is there?"
Mabry Forget ambitious acquisition of knowledge, and your sorrows will end. How much difference is there between "yes" and "no"? What is the distinction between "good" and "evil"?
McDonald Abandon learning and there will be no sorrow. Between Yes, sir," and Of course not", how much difference is there? Between good" and bad", how much difference is there?
Merel What is the difference between assent and denial? What is the difference between beautiful and ugly?
Mitchell Stop thinking, and end your problems. What difference between yes and no? What difference between success and failure?
Muller Get rid of "learning" and there will be no anxiety. How much difference is there between "yes" and "no"? How far removed from each other are "good" and "evil"?
Red Pine Yes and no aren't so far apart lovely and ugly aren't so unalike
Ta-Kao Between yea and nay, how much difference is there? Between good and evil, how much difference is there?
Walker Be done with knowing and your worries will disappear. How much difference is there between yes and no? How much distinction between good and evil?
Wayism  
Wieger Give up learning, and you will be free from all your worries. What is the difference between yes and no (about which the rhetoricians have so much to say)? What is the difference between good and evil (on which the critics never agree)? (These are futilities that prevent the mind from being free. Now freedom of mind is necessary to enter into relation with the Principle).
World Give up the pursuit of knowledge and live in peace and harmony. Without knowledge there is no difference between good and evil.
Wu Have done with learning, And you will have no more vexation. How great is the difference between "eh" and "o"? What is the distinction between "good" and "evil"?


Ch. 20 Sentence 2
Beck Is what people fear really to be feared? How very remote the actual occurrence!
Blackney "What all men fear, I too must fear"- How barren and pointless a thought!
Bynner If one man leads another must follow, How silly that is and how false!
Byrn Must you fear what others fear? Nonsense, look how far you have missed the mark!
Chan What people dread, do not fail to dread. But, alas, how confused, and the end is not yet.
Cleary The things people fear cannot but be feared. Wild indeed the uncentered!
Crowley Fearful indeed is death, since all men fear it; but the abyss of questionings shoreless and bottomless, is worse.
Hansen What humans fear cannot not be feared. Futile! Not focussed yet.
LaFargue "What others hold in respect, we can't fail to respect." Craziness. Aren't we over this yet?
Legge What all men fear is indeed to be feared; but how wide and without end is the range of questions (asking to be discussed)!
Lindauer It looks like one cannot lack respect for what others put respect in Such reckless desertion! It is not yet centered, this way.
LinYutan That which men fear Is indeed to be feared; But, alas, distant yet is the dawn (of awakening)!
Mabry Must I value what others value? Nonsense! Having no end to their desires, they are desolate.
McDonald That which men fear is indeed to be feared; alas confused, and the end isn't yet.
Merel What is the difference between fearsome and afraid?
Mitchell Must you value what others value, avoid what others avoid? How ridiculous!
Muller Yet what the people are in awe of cannot be disregarded. I am scattered, never having been in a comfortable center.
Red Pine what others fear we too must fear
Ta-Kao What are feared by others we must fear; Vastly are they unlimited!
Walker Fearing what others fear, admiring what they admire-nonsense.
Wayism  
Wieger Without doubt, among the things which common people fear, there are things that should be feared; but not as they do, with a mind so troubled that they lose their mental equilibrium.
World Is it necessary to learn to fear what others perceive should be feared? Nonsense!
Wu Must I fear what others fear? What abysmal nonsense this is!


Ch. 20 Sentence 3
Beck The people of the world make merry as though at a holiday feast or a spring carnival. I alone am inactive and desireless, like a new-born baby who cannot yet smile, unattached, as though homeless.
Blackney The reveling of multitudes At the feast of Great Sacrifice, Or up on the terrace At carnival in spring, Leave me, alas, unmoved, alone, Like a child that has never smiled. Lazily, I drift As though I had no home.
Bynner Yet conventional men lead an easy life With all their feast-days, A constant spring visit to the Tall Tower, While I am a simpleton, a do-nothing, Not big enough yet to raise a hand, Not grown enough to smile, A homeless, worthless waif.
Byrn Other people are joyous, as though they were at a spring festival. I alone am unconcerned and expressionless, like an infant before it has learned to smile.
Chan The multitude are merry, as though feasting on a day of sacrifice. Or like ascending a tower in the springtime. I alone am inert, showing no sign (of desires), Like an infant that has not yet smiled. Wearied, indeed, I seem to be without a home.
Cleary Most people celebrate as if they were barbecuing a slaughtered cow, or taking in the springtime vistas; I alone am aloof, showing no sign, like an infant that doesn't yet smile, riding buoyantly as if with nowhere to go.
Crowley Consider the profane man, how he preens, as if at feast, or gazing upon Spring from a tower! But as for me, I am as one who yawns, without any trace of desire. I am like a babe before its first smile. I appear sad and forlorn, like a man homeless.
Hansen The crowd festive - like enjoying an Easter picnic or on an Easter sunrise hike. I, alone, am placid - it's portent not yet clear. Like an infant not yet a baby. Dangerous! Like having no refuge.
LaFargue "All the others are beaming and beaming like people enjoying a great ceremonial feast, like people climbing an overlook tower in the spring. I am alone still - no indications at all yet like an infant who hasn't yet even smiled. So sad. Like someone with no place to go home to.
Legge The multitude of men look satisfied and pleased; as if enjoying a full banquet, as if mounted on a tower in spring. I alone seem listless and still, my desires having as yet given no indication of their presence. I am like an infant which has not yet smiled. I look dejected and forlorn, as if I had no home to go to.
Lindauer Collective mind is bright and sunny, gay and prosperous Like enjoying a sacrificial ox Like ascending a tower in springtime. The self alone, so moored! is not yet divined on the tortoise-shell Like being a baby-child before it smiles.Unattached, so unattached The self looks absent of a place to merge.
LinYutan The people of the world are merry-making, As if partaking of the sacrificial feasts, As if mounting the terrace in spring; I alone am mild, like one unemployed, Like a new-born babe that cannot yet smile, Unattached, like one without a home.
Mabry People rush here and there, maybe going to a feast, or perhaps climbing a tower in the springtime. I alone and calm and unconcerned. Like an unselfconscious infant at peace and having no destination.
McDonald All men are wreathed in smiles, ever merry-making, as if feasting after the great sacrifice, like ascending a tower in spring. I alone am inert, like a child that has not yet given sign; Like a new-born child that can't smile yet. I seem to be without a home, droop and drift, as though I belonged nowhere, completely unattached.
Merel The people are merry as if at a magnificent party Or playing in the park at springtime, But I am tranquil and wandering, Like a newborn before it learns to smile, Alone, with no true home.
Mitchell Other people are excited, as though they were at a parade. I alone don't care, I alone am expressionless, like an infant before it can smile.
Muller All the people enjoy themselves, as if they are at the festival of the great sacrifice, Or climbing the Spring Platform. I alone remain, not yet having shown myself. Like an infant who has not yet laughed. Weary, like one despairing of no home to return to.
Red Pine before the moon wanes everyone is gay as if they were at the Great Sacrifice or climbing a tower in spring I sit here and make no sign like a child that doesn't smile lost with no one to turn to
Ta-Kao The people in general are as happy as if enjoying a great feast. Or, as going up a tower in spring. I alone am tranquil, and have made no signs, Like a baby who is yet unable to smile; Forlorn as if I had no home to go to.
Walker Conventional people are jolly and reckless, feasting on worldly things and carrying on as though every day were the beginning of spring. I alone remain uncommitted, like an infant who hasn't yet smiled: lost, quietly drifting, unattached to ideas and places and things.
Wayism  
Wieger Neither should one permit oneself to lose equilibrium through pleasure, as happens to those who have a good meal or view the surrounding countryside in spring from the top of a tower (with the accompaniment of wine, etc.). I (the Sage) seem to be colourless and undefined; neutral as a new-born child that has not yet experienced any emotion; without design or aim.
World Other people are excited, joyous and festive as if enjoying a holiday. I alone am indifferent, without emotion or expression; like a baby before it has learned to smile.
Wu All men are joyous and beaming, As though feasting upon a sacrificial ox, As though mounting the Spring Terrace; I alone am placid and give no sign, Like a babe which has not yet smiled. I alone am forlorn as one who has no home to return to.


Ch. 20 Sentence 4
Beck The people of the world possess more than enough. I alone seem to have lost all. I must be a fool, so indiscriminate and nebulous.
Blackney All others have enough to spare; I am the one left out. I have the mind of a fool, Muddled and confused!
Bynner Men of the world have a surplus of goods, While I am left out, owning nothing. What a booby I must be Not to know my way round, What a fool!
Byrn Other people have more than they need; I alone seem to possess nothing. I am lost and drift about with no place to go. I am like a fool, my mind is in chaos.
Chan The multitude all possess more than enough. I alone seem to have lost all. Mine is indeed the mind of an ignorant man, Indiscriminate and dull!
Cleary Most people have too much; I alone seem to be missing something. Mine is indeed the mind of an ignoramus in its unadulterated simplicity.
Crowley The profane man has his need filled, aye, and more also. For me, I seem to have lost all I had. My mind is, as it were, stupefied; it has no definite shape.
Hansen The crowd all have plenty I alone treat it as loss. Mine is the heart-mind of the stupid, indeed. Indiscriminate!
LaFargue All the others have a superabundance I alone seem to have missed out. Oh my simpleton's mind! So confused.
Legge The multitude of men all have enough and to spare. I alone seem to have lost everything. My mind is that of a stupid man; I am in a state of chaos.
Lindauer In the collective mind each is present of a surplus Yet the self alone appears to offer as a gift. The self is foolish, men's minds are also this way Unclear, so unclear.
LinYutan The people of the world have enough and to spare, But I am like one left out, My heart must be that of a fool, Being muddled, nebulous!
Mabry Most people have more than they need. But I alone seem lost an out of place. I have the mind of a fool - so confused!
McDonald All men have enough and to spare; I alone seem to have lost everything; I am like one left out. Mine is indeed the mind of a very idiot, my heart must be that of a fool, dull as I seem - muddled, nebulous!
Merel The people have enough and to spare, Where I have nothing, And my heart is foolish, Muddled and cloudy.
Mitchell Other people have what they need; I alone possess nothing. I alone drift about, like someone without a home. I am like an idiot, my mind is so empty.
Muller All the people enjoy extra While I have left everything behind. I am ignorant of the minds of others. So dull!
Red Pine while others enjoy more I alone seem forgotten my mind is so foolish so simple
Ta-Kao Others all have more than enough, And I alone seem to be in want. Possibly mine is the mind of a fool, Which is so ignorant!
Walker Conventional people hoard more than they need, but I possess nothing at all, know nothing at all, understand nothing at all.
Wayism  
Wieger The common people abound (in varied knowledge), but I am poor (having rid myself of all uselessness) and seem ignorant, so much have I purified myself.
World Others have things they feel they need. I alone own nothing. I am like a fool unfettered by knowledge.
Wu All men have courage enough and to spare: I alone appear to possess nothing. What a fool I am! What a muddled mind I have!


Ch. 20 Sentence 5
Beck Most people seem knowledgeable and bright. I alone am simple and dull. Most people see differences and are sharp. I alone make no distinctions, seeming aimless, drifting as the sea, like the wind blowing about, seemingly without destination.
Blackney When common people scintillate I alone make shadows. Vulgar folks are sharp and knowing: Only I am melancholy. Restless like the ocean, Blown about, I cannot stop.
Bynner The average man is so crisp and so confident That I ought to be miserable Going on and on like the sea, Drifting nowhere.
Byrn Ordinary people are bright; I alone am dark. Ordinary people are clever; I alone am dull. Ordinary people seem discriminating; I alone am muddled and confused. I drift on the waves on the ocean, blown at the mercy of the wind.
Chan Common folks are indeed brilliant; I alone seem to be in the dark. Common folks see differences and are clear-cut; I alone make no distinctions. I seem drifting as the sea; Like the wind blowing about, seemingly without destination.
Cleary Ordinary people try to shine; I alone seem to be dark. Ordinary people try to be on the alert; I alone am unobtrusive, calm as the ocean depths, buoyant as if anchored nowhere.
Crowley The profane man looks lively and keen-witted; I alone appear blank in my mind. They seem eagerly critical; I appear careless and without perception. I seem to be as one adrift upon the sea, with no thought of an harbour.
Hansen People of custom are lustrous, I alone am dull. People of custom are critically discriminating; I alone obfuscate. Bland! It's like the ocean; drifting! like I have no place to stop.
LaFargue Ordinary men are so bright I alone am so dull. Ordinary men are so sharp I alone am so stupid. Churned up like the ocean, blown about, like someone with no place to rest.
Legge Ordinary men look bright and intelligent, while I alone seem to be benighted. They look full of discrimination, while I alone am dull and confused. I seem to be carried about as on the sea, drifting as if I had nowhere to rest.
Lindauer Customs of men are clear, obvious The self alone is dark, indistinct Customs of men are curious, scrutinizing The self alone is tightly closed, shut off. So indifferent, it looks like the ocean Such a gusty wind, it looks ceaseless.
LinYutan The vulgar are knowing, luminous; I alone am dull, confused. The vulgar are clever, self-assured; I alone, depressed. Patient as the sea, Adrift, seemingly aimless.
Mabry Ordinary people are bright. I alone seem dim. Ordinary people are discriminating. I alone am ambivalent. As quiet as the ocean. As free as the wind.
McDonald The world is full of knowing people that shine; I alone am dull, confused. I seem to be in the dark. They look lively and clear-cut self-assured; I appear alone, depressed, or patient as the sea, blown adrift, seemingly aimless, never brought to a stop.
Merel The people are bright and certain, Where I am dim and confused; The people are clever and wise, Where I am dull and ignorant; Aimless as a wave drifting over the sea, Attached to nothing.
Mitchell Other people are bright; I alone am dark. Other people are sharper; I alone am dull. Other people have a purpose; I alone don't know. I drift like a wave on the ocean, I blow as aimless as the wind.
Muller While average people are clear and bright, I alone am obscure. Average people know everything. To me alone all seems covered. So flat! Like the ocean. Blowing around! It seems there is no place to rest.
Red Pine others look bright I alone seem dim others are certain I alone am confused receding like the ocean waxing without cease
Ta-Kao The vulgar are bright, And I alone seem to be dull. The vulgar are discriminative, and I alone seem blunt. I am negligent as if being obscure; Drifting, as if being attached to nothing.
Walker They are bright; I am dark. They are sharp; I am dull. Like the sea, I am calm and indifferent. Like the wind I have no particular direction.
Wayism  
Wieger They seem full of light, I seem dull. They seek and scrutinize, I remain concentrated in myself. Indeterminate, like the immensity of the oceans, I float without stopping.
World Other people are intelligent. I alone am ignorant. Others are shrewd and cunning. I alone am untouched and moronic. I aimlessly drift on the great tides of the endless seas at the mercy of the indifferent winds.
Wu All men are bright, bright: I alone am dim, dim. All men are sharp, sharp; I alone am mum, mum! Bland like the ocean, Aimless like the wafting gale.


Ch. 20 Sentence 6
Beck People of the world all have a purpose. I alone seem impractical and out of place. I am different from others, and value drawing sustenance from the Mother.
Blackney Other men can find employment, But I am stubborn; I am mean. Alone I am and different, Because I prize and seek My sustenance from the Mother!
Bynner All these people are making their mark in the world, While I, pig-headed, awkward, Different from the rest, Am only a glorious infant still nursing at the breast.
Byrn Other people have their goals, I alone am dull and uncouth. I am different from ordinary people. I nurse from the Great Mother's breasts.
Chan The multitude all have a purpose; I alone seem to be stubborn and rustic. I alone differ from others, And value drawing sustenance from Mother (Tao).
Cleary Most people have ways and means; I alone am unsophisticated and simple. I alone am different from people in that I value seeking food from the mother.
Crowley The profane have each one his definite course of action; I alone appear useless and uncomprehending, like a man from the border. Yea, thus I differ from all other men: but my jewel is the All-Mother.
Hansen The crowd all have the-capacity-to and I alone am dallying and wanton. I alone am different from humans, and value nursing at Mother's breast.
LaFargue All the others all have their function I alone am thick-headed, like someone from the back country." I am alone, different from others - treasuring the nourishing Mother.
Legge All men have their spheres of action, while I alone seem dull and incapable, like a rude borderer. (Thus) I alone am different from other men, but I value the nursing-mother (the Tao).
Lindauer In the collective mind each possesses a cause Yet the self alone seems stubborn and rustic The self alone differs from relating to men Yet treasures nourishment in relating to the mother.
LinYutan The people of the world all have a purpose; I alone appear stubborn and uncouth. I alone differ from the other people, And value drawing sustenance from the Mother.
Mabry People rush about on their very important business. But I alone seem incorrigible and uncouth. I am different from other people; I enjoy feeding from the Great Mother's breasts.
McDonald All men can be put to some use; as worldlings have a purpose. I alone am intractable and boorish, appearing rustic, stubborn and uncouth, differing from most people, But I differ most from others in that I prize no sustenance that doesn't come from the breast of mama mia.
Merel The people are busy with purpose, Where I am impractical and rough; I do not share the peoples' cares But I am fed at nature's breast.
Mitchell I am different from ordinary people. I drink from the Great Mother's breasts.
Muller Everybody has a goal in mind. I alone am as ignorant as a bumpkin. I alone differ from people. I enjoy being nourished by the mother.
Red Pine everyone has a goal I alone am dumb and backward for I alone choose to differ preferring still my mother's breast
Ta-Kao The people in general all have something to do, And I alone seem to be impractical and awkward. I alone am different from others. But I value seeking sustenance from the Mother.
Walker Everyone else takes his place and does his job; I alone remain wild and natural and free. I am different from others; my sustenance comes directly from the Mother.
Wayism  
Wieger They are full of talent, whereas I seem limited and uncultured. I differ thus from the common people, because I venerate and imitate the universal nourishing mother, the Principle.
World Others have direction, goals and purposes. I alone flow within the harmony of Infinity. I am different from others. I reside in the peace and harmony of the Infinite oneness of all things.
Wu All men settle down in their grooves: I alone am stubborn and remain outside. But wherein I am most different from others is In knowing to take sustenance from my Mother!