Lao Tzu quote about wisdom from Tao Te Ching - True words aren't eloquent; eloquent words aren't true. Wise men don't need to prove their point; men who need to prove their point aren't wise.
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True words aren't eloquent; eloquent words aren't true. Wise men don't need to prove their point; men who need to prove their point aren't wise.
 Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching (4th century BC). copy citation

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Author Lao Tzu
Source Tao Te Ching
Topic wisdom words eloquence
Date 4th century BC
Language English
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Note Translated by Stephen Mitchell
Weblink https://terebess.hu/english/tao/mitchell.html

Context

“delight in the doings of the neighborhood.
And even though the next country is so close that people can hear its roosters crowing and its dogs barking, they are content to die of old age without ever having gone to see it.
81 True words aren't eloquent; eloquent words aren't true.
Wise men don't need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren't wise. The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others, the happier he is.
The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is. The Tao nourishes by not forcing.” source

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