The bright path looks hazy, seems like it turns back though it goes forward, it is smooth but it seems rough. The highest virtue is like an empty valley, absolute purity like a stain. Power of love seems scanty. Pure truth sounds like a fairy tale. The perfect square has no angles . The finest vessel needs long time to be made. The most important music is not popular. The most beautiful picture has no shape.The Cause hides and has no shape. Alone feeds and completes everything.
Ascription in english by Yiannis Zannis from Giorgos Alexakis’s greek translation of Tao te king