#94- MOST COMMON CHINESE WORD: 之(zhī) |LAO TZU QUOTE

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之, pronounced as zhī = possessive particle, literary equivalent of ) / him / her / it;3 strokes; 94th most common Chinese word. Simplified: ; 3 strokes

“Look, and it can’t be seen.
Listen, and it can’t be heard.
Reach, and it can’t be grasped.

Above, it isn’t bright. 
Below, it isn’t dark. 
Seamless, unnamable, 
it returns to the realm of nothing. 
Form that includes all forms, 
image without an image, 
subtle, beyond all conception. 

Approach it and there is no beginning;
follow it and there is no end.
You can’t know it, but you can be it,
at ease in your own life.
Just realize where you come from:
this is the essence of wisdom.”

~Chapter 14, Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu #quotes

“視不見名曰夷.
不聞名曰希.
不得名曰微.
此三者不可致詰.
故混而為一.
其上不皦其下不昧.
繩繩不可名.
復歸於無物.
是謂無狀狀.
無物象.
是謂惚恍.
不見其首.
不見其後.
執古道.
以御今有.
能知古始.
是謂道紀.”

~ Chinese Original Text, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 14 老子道德經第十四章

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之, zhī is the 94 most commonly used Chinese word indexed on p. 712 in 3000 Chinese Character Dictionary.

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