Most translations have caught meanings in their net, but prosily, letting the beauty slip through. And in poetry, beauty is no ornament; it is the meaning. It is the truth. We have that on good authority.

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Most translations have caught meanings in their net, but prosily, letting the beauty slip through. And in poetry, beauty is no ornament; it is the meaning. It is the truth. We have that on good authority.

Ursula K Le Guin, Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way

Hermetic quote Le Guin Tao poetry

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