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Ch. 81 Sentence 1
Beck True words are not beautiful. Beautiful words are not truthful.
Blackney As honest words may not sound fine, Fine words may not be honest ones;
Bynner Real word are not vain, Vain words not real;
Byrn True words do not sound beautiful; beautiful sounding words are not true.
Chan True words are not beautiful; Beautiful words are not true.
Cleary True words are not beautiful, beautiful words are not true.
Crowley True speech is not elegant; elaborate speech is not truth.
Hansen Accurate language is not beautiful. Beautiful language is not accurate.
LaFargue Sincere words are not elegant elegant words are not sincere.
Legge Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere.
Lindauer Believed words lack embellishment Embellished words lack belief.
LinYutan True words are not fine-sounding; Fine-sounding words are not true.
Mabry True words are not beautiful. Beautiful words are not true.
McDonald True words hardly sound fine. Nice words are far from always true.
Merel Honest people use no rhetoric; Rhetoric is not honesty.
Mitchell True words aren't eloquent; eloquent words aren't true.
Muller True words are not fancy. Fancy words are not true.
Red Pine True words aren't beautiful beautiful words aren't true
Ta-Kao He who knows does not speak; He who speaks does not know.
Walker True words aren't elaborate. Elaborate words aren't true.
Wieger (I have finished. Perhaps you may find my discourse lacks something, is not very subtle, and is scarcely wise). This is because native frankness does not dress itself up,
World Truthful words are seldom passionate. Passionate words are seldom truthful.
Wu Sincere words are not sweet, Sweet words are not sincere.

Ch. 81 Sentence 2
Beck The good do not argue. Those who argue are not good.
Blackney A good man does not argue, and An arguer may not be good!
Bynner And since those who argue prove nothing A sensible man does not argue.
Byrn Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise.
Chan A good man does not argue; He who argues is not a good man.
Cleary The good are not argumentative, the argumentative are not good.
Crowley Those who know do not argue; the argumentative are without knowledge.
Hansen Those who are good at [things] don't distinguish. Those who distinguish are not good at [things].
LaFargue Excellence is not winning arguments winning arguments is not being Excellent.
Legge Those who are skilled (in the Tao) do not dispute (about it); the disputatious are not skilled in it.
Lindauer Those who value lack argument Those who argue lack valuing
LinYutan A good man does not argue; he who argues is not a good man.
Mabry Good people do not argue. Argumentative people are not good.
McDonald A good man seldom proves by argument; he hardly argues. He who argues or proves by argument is hardly so good (as non-argumentative good men). Who argues [blatantly] is hardly (ever) a good man. [All this is "Lao" arguing, debating or clowning.]
Merel Enlightened people are not cultured; Culture is not enlightenment.
Mitchell Wise men don't need to prove their point; men who need to prove their point aren't wise.
Muller The good do not debate. Debaters are not good.
Red Pine the good aren't eloquent the eloquent aren't good
Ta-Kao He who is truthful is not showy; He who is showy is not truthful.
Walker Good people don't argue. People who argue aren't good.
Wieger natural directness avoids quibbling,
World Peaceful men do not quarrel. Those who quarrel are confused.
Wu Good men are not argumentative, The argumentative are not good.

Ch. 81 Sentence 3
Beck Those who know are not scholarly. The scholarly do not know.
Blackney The knowers are not learned men And learned men may never know.
Bynner A sensible man is wiser than he knows, While a fool knows more than is wise.
Byrn Wise men are not scholars, and scholars are not wise.
Chan A wise man has no extensive knowledge; He who has extensive knowledge is not a wise man.
Cleary Knowers do not generalize, generalists do not know.
Crowley Those who have assimilated are not learned; those who are gross with learning have not assimilated.
Hansen Those who know-how are not comprehensive. Those who are comprehensive do not know how.
LaFargue Understanding is not wide learning wide learning is not understanding.
Legge Those who know (the Tao) are not extensively learned; the extensively learned do not know it.
Lindauer Those who know lack learning Those who learn lack knowing.
LinYutan The wise one does not know many things; He who knows many things is not wise.
Mabry The wise are not necessarily well-educated. The well-educated are not necessarily wise.
McDonald Brilliant wisdom is different from sordid learning. Much bookish learning can mean too little wisdom. Who has extensive knowledge is hardly a wise man.
Merel Content people are not wealthy; Wealth is not contentment.
Muller The one who really knows is not broadly learned, The extensively learned do not really know.
Red Pine the wise aren't learned the learned aren't wise
Ta-Kao He who is virtuous does not dispute; He who disputes is not virtuous;
Walker People who know aren't full of facts. People who are full of facts don't know.
Wieger common sense can dispense with artificial erudition.
World He who is at one with all things knows Infinity. He who has knowledge is always confused.
Wu The wise are not erudite, The erudite are not wise.

Ch. 81 Sentence 4
Beck The wise do not hoard. The more they give to others, the more they have.
Blackney The Wise Man does not hoard his things; Hard-pressed, from serving other men, He has enough and some to spare; But having given all he had, He then is very rich indeed.
Bynner Therefore a sensible man does not devise resources: The greater his use to others The greater their use to him, The more he yields to others The more they yield to him.
Byrn The Master desires no possessions. Since the things she does is for the people, she has more than she needs. The more she gives to others, the more she has for herself.
Chan The sage does not accumulate for himself. The more he uses for others, the more he possesses of his own.
Cleary Sages do not accumulate anything but give everything to others, having more the more they give.
Crowley The Wise Man does not hoard. The more he gives, the more he has; the more he waters, the more he is watered himself.
Hansen Sages don't accumulate. Although they use it to deem-act "others" Themselves increase 'having' Although they use it to give others. Themselves increase in magnitude.
LaFargue The Wise Person does not store up for himself. By working for others he increases what he himself possesses. By giving to others he gets increase for himself more and more.
Legge The sage does not accumulate (for himself). The more that he expends for others, the more does he possess of his own; the more that he gives to others, the more does he have himself.
Lindauer The sages are without accumulating Grasping, it happens they act Others later gain presence Grasping, it happens they give Others later gain abundance.
LinYutan The Sage does not accumulate (for himself). He lives for other people, And grows richer himself; He gives to other people, And has greater abundance.
Mabry The Sage does not hoard things. The more she does for others The more he finds she has. The more she gives to others The more she finds she gains.
McDonald The wise man has no need to hoard for himself. He lives for other people, seemingly, and grows richer himself if the more he uses for others, the more he has for himself - He gives to other people to get greater abundance.
Merel So the sage does not serve himself; The more he does for others, the more he is satisfied; The more he gives, the more he receives.
Mitchell The Master has no possessions. The more he does for others, the happier he is. The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.
Muller The sage does not hoard, She gives people her surplus. Giving her surplus to others she is enriched.
Red Pine the sage accumulates nothing but the more he does for others the greater his existence the more he gives to others the greater his abundance
Ta-Kao He who is learned is not wise; He who is wise is not learned.
Walker The sage doesn't hoard. She increases her treasure by working for her fellow human beings. She increases her abundance by giving herself to them.
Wieger The Sage does not hoard, but gives. The more he does for men, the more he can do; the more he gives them, the more he has.
World The sage is never confused by accumulating. The more he does for others, the more he flows in harmony. The more he gives to others, the more he experiences peace.
Wu The Sage does not take to hoarding. The more he lives for others, the fuller is his life. The more he gives, the more he abounds.

Ch. 81 Sentence 5
Beck The Way of heaven sharpens but does no harm. The Way of the wise accomplishes without striving.
Blackney God's Way is gain that works no harm; The Wise Man's way, to do his work Without contending for a crown.
Bynner The way of life cleaves without cutting: Which, without need to say, Should be man's way.
Byrn TheTao of Heaven nourishes by not forcing. The Tao of the Wise person acts by not competing.
Chan The Way of Heaven is to benefit others and not to injure. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.
Cleary The Way of heaven helps and does not harm. The Way for humans is to act without contention.
Crowley The Dao of Heaven is like an Arrow, yet it wounds not; and the Wise Man, in all his works, makes no contention.
Hansen The guide of nature: benefit and yet do not harm. The guide of Sages: deem-act and don't dispute.
LaFargue "Heaven's Way: to benefit and not to harm." The Way of the Wise Person: to work and not contend.
Legge With all the sharpness of the Way of Heaven, it injures not; with all the doing in the way of the sage he does not strive.
Lindauer The tao of the heavens Benefitting yet without spoiling The tao of the sages Acting yet without contending.
LinYutan The Tao of Heaven Blesses, but does not harm. The Way of the Sage Accomplishes, but does not contend.
Mabry Heaven's Way is to nourish, not to harm. The Sage's way is to work, yet not to compete.
McDonald Heaven's way is to sharpen and bless, all free from harm of cutting, And the wise man's way is to act and accomplish without contending or striving.
Merel Nature flourishes at the expense of no one; So the sage benefits all men and contends with none.
Mitchell The Tao nourishes by not forcing. By not dominating, the Master leads.
Muller The way of Heaven is to help and not harm.
Red Pine the Way of Heaven is to help without harming the Way of the sage is to act without struggling
Ta-Kao Therefore the Sage does not display his own merits.
Walker The way of heaven: benefit all, harm none. The way of the sage: work for all, contend with none.
Wieger Heaven does good to all, doing no evil to anyone. The Sage imitates it, acting for the good of all, and opposing himself to no one.
World Infinity manifests, nourishes and disintegrates forever. The sage flows in the peace and harmony of oneness with all things.
Wu The Way of Heaven is to benefit, not to harm. The Way of the Sage is to do his duty, not to strive with anyone.