I appreciate very deeply what Arthur Hummel, former Library of Congress Director, had to say about the Daodejing.

He wrote that:

The Daoedejing was written in the morning of the human race, and still bears the freshness of the morning upon it. It exhibits a rush of lanugage, a boldness and exuberance of expresion for which paradox is the only adequate form....For the Daoists, Reality was beyond measurement, but not beyond apprehension by a mind that is still. The book's greatest gift, in my view, is its mind-stretching quality; it challenges us at every turn to expand our view of life's possibilities.

From the Foreword to Lao Tsu/Tao Teh Ching (St. John's University Press, 1961)

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