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Five Colors by Lao Tzu


"Five Colors" is a poem by Lao Tzu. He discusses his own thoughts on how humans should stop looking to complete something in life and instead follow their natural instincts.

This poem consists of five lines followed by a short prose. Each line has seven syllables except for the fourth line which has nine.


Five Colors

The five colors blind the eye.
The five tones deafen the ear.
The five flavours dull the taste.
Racing and hunting madden the mind.
Precious things lead one astray.

Therefore the sage is guided by what he feels and not by what he sees.
He lets go of that and chooses this.

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