道可道，非常道。 (Tao (way or path) can be said, not usual way)
“The Way that can be described is not the true Way.”
名可名，非常名。 (names can be named, not usual names)
“The Name that can be named is not the constant Name.”
Tao literally means “path” or “way” and can figuratively mean “essential nature”, “destiny”, “principle”, or “true path”. The philosophical and religious “Tao” is infinite, without limitation. One view states that the paradoxical opening is intended to prepare the reader for teachings about the unteachable Tao. Tao is believed to be transcendent, indistinct and without form. Hence, it cannot be named or categorized. Even the word “Tao” can be considered a dangerous temptation to make Tao a limiting “name”.