The Tao Te Ching, [tâu tɤ̌ tɕíŋ] ( listen)), Semplifee'd: 道德经, Pinyin: Dao De Jing,[a] is a Cheenese clessic text tradeetionally creditit tae the 6t-century BC sage Laozi.

Tao Te Ching
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Ink on silk manuscript o the Tao Te Ching, 2nt century BC, unyirdit frae Mawangdui
AuthorLaozi (tradeetionally creditit)
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KintraCheenae (Zhou)
LeidClessical Cheenese
Publication date
4t century BC
Published in Inglis
Oreeginal text
道德經 at Cheenese Wikisource
TranslationTao Te Ching at Wikisource
Tao Te Ching
Traditional Chinese道德經
Simplified Chinese道德经
Wade–GilesAboot this soondTao⁴ Tê² Ching¹
Hanyu PinyinDàodé Jīng
Leeteral meanin"Classic of the Way and Virtue"
Laozi's Tao Te Ching
Traditional Chinese老子道德經
Simplified Chinese老子道德经
Wade–GilesLao³ Tzŭ³ Tao⁴ Tê² Ching¹
Hanyu PinyinLǎozǐ Dàodé Jīng
Daode Zhenjing
Traditional Chinese道德真經
Simplified Chinese道德真经
Wade–GilesTao⁴ Tê² Chên¹ Ching¹
Hanyu PinyinDàodé Zhēnjīng
Leeteral meanin"Sutra of the Way and Its Power"
Other names
Laozi (Chinese characters).svg
"Laozi" in seal script (tap) an regular (bottom) Cheenese chairacters
Wade–GilesLao³ Tzŭ³
Hanyu PinyinLǎozǐ
Leeteral meanin"Auld Master"
5000-Chairacter Clessic
Wade–GilesWu³ Ch‘ien¹ Wên²
Hanyu PinyinWǔqiān Wén
Leeteral meanin"The 5000 Chairacters"


  1. Less common umwhile romanisations include Tao-te-king,[1] Tau Tĕh King[2] and Tao Teh King.[3][4]



  • Julien, Stanislas, ed. (1842), Le Livre de la Voie et de la Vertu, Paris: Imprimerie Royale. (in French)
  • Chalmers, John, ed. (1868), The Speculations on Metaphysics, Polity, and Morality of the "Old Philosopher" Lau-tsze, London: Trübner & Co.
  • Legge, James; et al., eds. (1891), The Tao Teh King, Sacred Books of the East, Vol. XXXIX, Sacred Books of China, Vol. V, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Suzuki, Daisetsu Teitaro; et al., eds. (1913), The Canon of Reason and Virtue: Lao-tze's Tao Teh King, La Salle: Open Court.