Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching : A New English Version

4.3 (143,808 ratings by Goodreads)
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The bestselling, widely acclaimed translation from Stephen Mitchell

"Mitchell's rendition of the Tao Te Ching comes as close to being definitive for our time as any I can imagine. It embodies the virtues its translator credits to the Chinese original: a gemlike lucidity that is radiant with humor, grace, largeheartedness, and deep wisdom." -- Huston Smith, author of The Religions of Man

In eighty-one brief chapters, Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao--the basic principle of the universe.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 132 x 201 x 13mm | 113g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061142662
  • 9780061142666
  • 16,923

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In eighty-one brief chapters, Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao—the basic principle of the universe.

Stephen Mitchell's bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.
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Review quote

"Mitchell's rendition of the Tao Te Ching comes as close to being definitive for our time as any I can imagine. It embodies the virtues its translator credits to the Chinese original: a gemlike lucidity that is radiant with humor, grace, largeheartedness, and deep wisdom." -- Huston Smith, author of The Religions of Man

"Beautiful and accessible; the English, as 'fluid as melting ice, ' is a joy to read throughout." -- The New Republic

"I read the Stephen Mitchell translation of the Tao Te Ching in one sitting, three times. It is stunning, so lovely. It is a treasure." -- Louise Erdrich

"Mitchell's great talent is to communicate with the profound simplicity utterly appropriate for this task. The obscure has been made transparent and available." -- Common Boundary

"I have read many translations of this ancient text but Mitchell's is by far the best." -- James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces
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About Reader in Classics Stephen Mitchell

Stephen Mitchell's many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, and The Second Book of the Tao, as well as The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, and Meetings with the Archangel.
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143,808 ratings
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4 28% (39,816)
3 13% (18,833)
2 3% (4,766)
1 2% (2,366)

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I am finding this book ok, but only becasue I just finished reading Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Dr. Wayne Dyer. On its own, this book is very brief, and oftentimes offers only a snippet of thoughts on the verses of the Tao Te Chingshow more
by Jeff Hutchings
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