Lao Tzu – Tao Te Ching – Chapter 11

Home page picture taken from the calligraphy work by Lee Chih-chang in

“Tao: The Watercourse Way” by Alan Watts


“Thirty spokes unite at the wheel’s hub;

It is the center hole that makes it useful.

Shape clay into a vessel;

it is the space within that makes it useful.

Cut out doors and windows for a room;

it is the holes which make it useful.

Therefore profit come from what is there;

Usefulness from what is not there.”

Lao Tzu – Tao Te Ching – Chapter 11

meaning of the calligraphy work in the home page image.

Translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English