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The Wisdom of Laotse

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Laozi de zhi hui=老子的智慧
Paperback, 270 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Foreign Language Teaching & Research Press (Beijing) (first published January 1st 1948)
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Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
took me a while to get into the swing of the language, from there on it was a nice ride. unlike most books in the sense that this doesn't feel like it ever ends. I could continue reading it over and over, sort of like standing in the ocean with the unending waves crashing their worship onto you.

this book solidified many ideas I've already adventured. recommend it to anyone interested in thinking that trees are the smartest guys in the room.
Naomi Ruth
I really loved this translation and how it included selections from both Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rather than separating sections into Laotse and Chuangtse, Yutang interweaves relevant selections of Chuangtse with the short chapters of the Tao Teh Ching. It absolutely illustrates Taoist philosophy in a much more approachable manner than the student would get reading the works separately. It also helps draw out distinctions and differences between the two authors. For example, even though they are both Taoists, there is a level of emphasis on criticizing Confucian institutions that Chuangtse ...more
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Some good insights but a bit dense at times. May have to re-read it some other time.
James Papp
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Possibly the most precious book in my library, a supremely gorgeous and poetic translation of the Tao Te Ching, the timeless class by Laotse (Lao Tzu). Editor Lin Yutang mixes in Taoist passages from Chuang-tse, which beautifully partners with Laose's parables. I have learned so much about humility and how to act in the world from this hard-to-find book, one of many translations available. After the binding of the hardback purchased as a young man started coming apart from decades of use, I was ...more
Amaan Ahmad
It was okay!
James W. Lanning
This is genuinely a hidden gem. To more fully comprehend the teachings of Lao Tzu with color commentary from both the author and the great Chuang Tzu as well, Lin Yutang's book should be considered a first recourse. At all points, Lin Yutang's in-line translation notes, footnotes, and broader contextual commentary is utterly invaluable in not just understanding but more fully absorbing what the masters taught. Weaving Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu together is also a stroke of genius, as the way the two ...more
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