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Tao Te Ching

STATEMENTS ON AND ABOUT POVERTY, HUNGER HELPING AND CHARITY FROM
THE TAO TE CHING


(As many in the West may be unfamiliar with the Tao Te Ching: it is the teaching of Lao Tsu of China (6th Century B.C.), and the basis of Taoist faith, thought and culture. These quotations are drawn from the very beautiful Gia-fu Feng/Jane English translation, Vintage Books, 1972.)

Before receiving
There must be giving. - (Thirty-Six)

The sage has no mind of his own.
He is aware of the needs of others. - (Forty-Nine)

I am good to people who are good.
I am also good to people who are not good.
Because Virtue is goodness.
I have faith in people who are faithful.
I also have faith in people who are not faithful.
Because Virtue is faithfulness. - (Forty-Nine)

The Tao of heaven is to take from those who have too much
And give to those who do not have enough. - (Seventy-Seven)

The sage never tries to store things up.
The more he does for others the more he has.
The more he gives to others, the greater his abundance. - (Eighty-One)



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