Tao Te Ching #49: “Sages have no fixed mind, they make the minds of the people their mind”

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  1. Thank you for this series! It is helpful, in discerning the original, to have many translations. Do you have the Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English version? Here they have:

    The sage has no mind of his own.
    He is aware of the needs of others.

    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.

    The sage is shy and humble- to the wold he seems confusing.
    Men look to him and listen.
    He behaves like a little child.

    The great Barbara Tovey, known from her essay on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, also has a share in a translation for which I will look!

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