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To lead people walk behind them.
Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.
The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours.
Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
To see things in the seed, that is genius.
Without stirring abroad, One can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window One can see the way of heaven. The further one goes The less one knows.
Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.
The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
It is better to do one's own duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins.
How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?
Nature is not human hearted.
If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere.
All things in the world come from being. And being comes from non-being.
If you keep feeling a point that has been sharpened, the point cannot long preserve its sharpness.
Man takes his law from the Earth; the Earth takes its law from Heaven; Heaven takes its law from the Tao. The law of the Tao is its being what it is.
Heaven is long-enduring, and earth continues long. The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus long is because they do not live of, or for, themselves.
There was something undifferentiated and yet complete, which existed before Heaven and Earth. Soundless and formless, it depends on nothing and does not change. It operates everywhere and is free from danger. It may be considered the mother of the universe. I do not know its name; I call it Tao.
Lao Tzu the philosopher is credited with writing the "Daodejing," which sets forth the essential principles of Daoism. But Lao Tzu the man is every...
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