道生一,一生二,二生三,三生万物。(摘自《道德经》第四十二章)
 
Out of Dao, One is born;
Out of One, Two;
Out of Two, Three;
Out of Three, the created universe.
(Daodejing, Chapter 42)
 
人法地,地法天,天法道,道法自然。(摘自《道德经》第二十五章)
 
Man models himself after the Earth;
The Earth models itself after Heaven;
The Heaven models itself after Dao;
Dao models itself after Nature.
(Daodejing, Chapter 25)
 
孔德之容,惟道是从。(摘自《道德经》第二十一章)
 
The marks of great Character
Follow alone from the Dao.
(Daodejing, Chapter 21)
 
知人者智,自知者明。胜人者有力,自胜者强。(摘自《道德经》第三十三章)
 
He who knows others is learned;
He who knows himself is wise.
He who conquers others has power of muscles;
He who conquers himself is strong.
(Daodejing, Chapter 33)
 
知足不辱,知止不殆,可以长久。(摘自《道德经》第四十四章)
 
The contented man meets no disgrace;
Who knows when to stop runs into no danger –
He can long endure.
(Daodejing, Chapter 44)
 
天下难事,必作于易;天下大事,必作于细。(摘自《道德经》第六十三章)
 
The difficult (problems) of the world
Must be dealt with while they are yet easy;
The great (problems) of the world
Must be dealt with while they are yet small.
(Daodejing, Chapter 63)
 
圣人自知,不自见;自爱,不自贵。(摘自《道德经》第七十二章)
 
The Sage knows himself, but does not show himself,
Loves himself, but does not exalt himself.
(Daodejing, Chapter 72)
 
天之道损有余而补不足。(摘自《道德经》第七十七章)
 
It is the Way of Heaven to take away from those that have too much
And give to those that have not enough.
(Daodejing, Chapter 77)
 
信言不美,美言不信。善者不辩,辩者不善。(摘自《道德经》第八十一章)
 
True words are not fine-sounding;
Fine-sounding words are not true.
A good man does not argue;
He who argues is not a good man.
(Daodejing, Chapter 81)
 
道可道,非常道。名可名,非常名。(摘自《道德经》第一章)
 
The Dao that can be told of
Is not the Absolute Dao;
The Names that can be given
Are not Absolute Names.
(Daodejing, Chapter 1)
 
有无相生,难易相成。(摘自《道德经》第二章)
 
Being and non-being interdepend in growth;
Difficult and easy interdepend in completion;
(Daodejing, Chapter 2)
 
上善若水。(摘自《道德经》第八章)
 
The best of men is like water;
(Daodejing, Chapter 8)
 
金玉满堂,莫之能守;富贵而骄,自遗其咎。(摘自《道德经》第九章)
 
When gold and jade fill your hall,
You will not be able to keep them safe.
To be proud with wealth and honor
Is to sow the seeds of one’s own downfall.
(Daodejing, Chapter 9)
 
见素,抱朴,少思,寡欲。(摘自《道德经》第十九章)
 
Reveal thy simple self,
Embrace thy original nature,
Check thy selfishness,
Curtail thy desires.
(Daodejing, Chapter 19)
 
知足者富。((摘自《道德经》第三十三章)
 
He who is contented is rich.
(Daodejing, Chapter 33)
 
柔弱胜刚强。(摘自《道德经》第三十六章)
 
Gentleness overcomes strength:
(Daodejing, Chapter 36)
 
大器晚成,大音希声,大象无形。(摘自《道德经》第四十一章)
 
Great talent takes long to mature;
Great music is faintly heard;
Great form has no contour;
(Daodejing, Chapter 41)
 
大成若缺,大直若屈,大巧若拙,大辩若讷。(摘自《道德经》第四十五章)
 
The highest perfection is like imperfection,
What is most straight appears devious,
The greatest skill appears like clumsiness;
The greatest eloquence seems like stuttering.
(Daodejing, Chapter 45)
 
出生入死。(摘自《道德经》第五十章)
 
Out of life, death enters.
(Daodejing, Chapter 50)
 
知和曰常,知常曰明。(摘自《道德经》第五十五章)
 
To know harmony is to be in accord with the eternal,
(And) to know eternity is called discerning.
(Daodejing, Chapter 55)
 
以正治国,以奇用兵。(摘自《道德经》第五十七章)
 
Rule a kingdom by the Normal.
Fight a battle by (abnormal) tactics of surprise.
(Daodejing, Chapter 57)
 
祸兮福之所倚,福兮祸之所伏。(摘自《道德经》第五十八章)
 
Disaster is the avenue of fortune,
(And) fortune is the concealment for disaster.
(Daodejing, Chapter 58)
 
轻诺必寡信,多易必多难。(摘自《道德经》第六十三章)
 
He who lightly makes a promise
Will find it often hard to keep his faith.
He who makes light of many things
Will encounter many difficulties.
(Daodejing, Chapter 63)
 
千里之行,始于足下。(摘自《道德经》第六十四章)
 
A journey of a thousand li begins at one’s feet.
(Daodejing, Chapter 64)
 
慎终如始,则无败事。(摘自《道德经》第六十四章)
 
By being careful at the end as at the beginning
Failure is averted.
(Daodejing, Chapter 64)
 
天网恢恢,疏而不失。(摘自《道德经》第七十三章)
 
The heaven’s net is broad and wide.
With big meshes, yet letting nothing slip through.
(Daodejing, Chapter 73)
 
正言若反。(摘自《道德经》第七十八章)
 
Straight words seem crooked.
(Daodejing, Chapter 33)
 
天道无亲,常与善人。(摘自《道德经》第七十九章)
 
The Way of Heaven is impartial;
It sides only with the good man.
(Daodejing, Chapter 79)
 
天之道,利而不害;圣人之道,为而不争。(摘自《道德经》第八十一章)
 
The Dao of Heaven
Blesses, but does not harm.
The Way of the Sage
Accomplishes, but does not contend.
(Daodejing, Chapter 81)