I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com!
I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com!

Every week, for the last year and a half or so, I have been posting these chapters on the Tao Te Ching and opening up a Mr. Linky for others to include their commentary. This is the LAST POST of that project! Yeah! I want to thank those who stayed with me and those who participated in this series (and those yet to participate!!) Specifically, I want to thank Louis Weltzer. Without his endurance and consistent query into this ancient text with me, I may never have completed this. I also must include his wonderful friend, Bob, who through the extensive commentary, and through his own various blog posts on this topic as well – it would surely have not been nearly as fun or as interesting a project as it was! I also want to thank Ronda, who although she did not do the entire huge series, she was there throughout, adding her commentaries and she was with us in spirit as we went all the way to the end.



Chapter 81

Truthful words are not beautiful.
Beautiful words are not sincere.

Good women don’t argue.
Women who argue well aren’t good.

The wise person does not have book knowledge.
The person with book knowledge is not wise.

The sage does not collect things
and so she gives to others.

Since she gives to the people,
she has tremendous abundance.

The way of Tao is sharp
but never harms.

The way of the sage is to serve
and not compete.

Read the essay on Chapter 81



If you haven’t participated yet and you think it would be really fun to try this project, it’s not too late. You can always start at the beginning and do the earlier ones. They are all linked up on the List of All Chapters page so they do get looked at later on by people stopping by. Have fun!


  1. Amy, I had some computer issues and I was out of town for a week and there were holidays. I have more excuses than you can imagine. Anyway, I will catch up with the links on the chapters I have not yet linked with your Tao Tuesdays.
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    • My heart was indeed with you, even if my hands were otherwise occupied! Congratulations on a project well done! Am looking forward to reading more as you go through the I Ching. You’ve inspired me, and many others no doubt.
      Looking forward to the I Ching posts too! Thank you so much for the Tao Tuesday series. It has certainly inspired me, and many others too no doubt.

      Love and light to all!

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