In Tao the only motion is returning;
The only useful quality, weakness.
For though all creatures under heaven are the products of Being,
Being itself is the product of Not-being.
When the man of highest capacities hears Tao
He does his best to put it into practice.
When the man of middling capacity hears Tao
He is in two minds about it.
When the man of low capacity hears Tao
He laughs loudly at it.
If he did not laugh, it would not be worth the name of Tao.
the man of highest capacities：以之译上士。capacity容量，有其巧妙。
Therefore the proverb has it:
“The way out into the light often looks dark,
The way that goes ahead often looks as if it went back.”
The way that is least hilly often looks as if it went up and down,
The “power” that is really loftiest looks like an abyss,
What is sheerest white looks blurred.
The “power” that is most sufficing looks inadequate,
The “power” that stands firmest looks flimsy.
What is in its natural, pure state looks faded;
The largest square has no corners,
The greatest vessel takes the longest to finish,
Great music has the faintest notes,
The Great From is without shape.
For Tao is hidden and nameless.
Yet Tao alone supports all things and brings them to fulfillment.
proverb：a short pithy saying in general use, stating a general truth or piece of advice.谚语
The way that is least hilly often looks as if it went up and down, ：最不起伏的方式看起来好像它上下起伏，以之译夷道若类
The “power” that is really loftiest：最崇高的力量。以之译上德
sheer：nothing other than; unmitigated (used for emphasis).绝对的 sheerest white大白
The “power” that stands firmest looks flimsy.最坚定的“力量”看起来很脆弱。以之译建德若偷
Tao gave birth to the One;
the One gave birth successively to two things, three things, up to ten thousand.
These ten thousand creatures cannot turn their backs to the shade without having the sun on their bellies,
and it is on this blending of the breaths that their harmony depends.
cannot turn their backs to the shade without having the sun on their bellies, 这个负阴而抱阳有点直白
To be orphaned, needy, ill-provided is what men most hate;
yet princes and dukes style themselves so.
Truly, “things are often increased by seeking to diminish them and diminished by seeking to increase them.”
The maxims that others use in their teaching I too will use in mine.
Show me a man of violence that came to a good end, and I will take him for my teacher.
maxim：a short, pithy statement expressing a general truth or rule of conduct.格言