Lao Tzu quote about depression from Tao Te Ching - If a country is governed with repression, the people are depressed and crafty.
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If a country is governed with repression, the people are depressed and crafty.
 Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching (4th century BC). copy citation

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Author Lao Tzu
Source Tao Te Ching
Topic depression government repression
Date 4th century BC
Language English
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Note Translated by Stephen Mitchell
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Context

“I let go of economics, and people become prosperous.
I let go of religion, and people become serene.
I let go of all desire for the common good, and the good becomes common as grass.
58 If a country is governed with tolerance, the people are comfortable and honest.
If a country is governed with repression, the people are depressed and crafty. When the will to power is in charge,
the higher the ideals, the lower the results.
Try to make people happy, and you lay the groundwork for misery.” source

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