To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
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When the best leader's work is done the people say, "We did it ourselves."
Lao Tzu

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Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.
Lao Tzu

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If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
Lao Tzu

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Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Lao Tzu

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The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.
Lao Tzu

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When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
Lao Tzu

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Because of a great love, one is courageous.
Lao Tzu

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When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.
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The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.
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If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.
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Great acts are made up of small deeds.
Lao Tzu

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A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
Lao Tzu

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Lao Tzu

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A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
Lao Tzu

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To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
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He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.
Lao Tzu

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Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it.
Lao Tzu

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He who talks more is sooner exhausted.
Lao Tzu

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Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.
Lao Tzu

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The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
Lao Tzu

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Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.
Lao Tzu

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Silence is a source of great strength.
Lao Tzu

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A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
Lao Tzu

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He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
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Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
Lao Tzu

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When the best leader's work is done the people say, "We did it ourselves."
Lao Tzu

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If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.
Lao Tzu

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If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
Lao Tzu

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He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
Lao Tzu

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Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Lao Tzu

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The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, 'We did it ourselves.'
Lao Tzu

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Silence is a source of great strength.
Lao Tzu

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The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
Lao Tzu

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The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honored by all in the world, Like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest.
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Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
Lao Tzu

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When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.
Lao Tzu

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Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.
Lao Tzu

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Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.
Lao Tzu

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He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
Lao Tzu

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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Lao Tzu

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Lao Tzu

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To see things in the seed, that is genius.
Lao Tzu

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Because of a great love, one is courageous.
Lao Tzu

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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.
Lao Tzu

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The words of truth are always paradoxical.
Lao Tzu

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He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
Lao Tzu

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He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.
Lao Tzu

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Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
Lao Tzu

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To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
Lao Tzu

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Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it.
Lao Tzu