Bai Juyi

(772–846 / Taiyuan, Shanxi)

The Philosopher


“Those who speak know nothing;
Those who know are silent.”
These words, as I am told,
Were spoken by Lao Tzu.
If we are to believe that Lao Ttzu
Was himself one who knew,
How comes it that he wrote a book
Of five thousand words?

Submitted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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