道可道,非常道。

A way may be a guide, but not a fixed path;

names can be given, but not permanent labels.

Non-being is called the beginning of heaven and earth;

being is called the mother of all things.

Always passionless, thereby observe the subtle;

ever intent, thereby observe the apparent.

These two come from the same source but differ in name;

both are considered mysteries.

The mystery of mysteries

is the gateway of marvels.

– the first few lines of the Dàodéjīng – 道德经 – by Lăozǐ – 老子 (my translation)

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