The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes.
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The words of truth are always paradoxical.
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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu

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When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.
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The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
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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.
Lao Tzu

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The words of truth are always paradoxical.
Lao Tzu

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A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
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How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?
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Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.
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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
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Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it.
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He who knows himself is enlightened.
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Silence is a source of great strength.
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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.
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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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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
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From caring comes courage.
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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
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Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.
Lao Tzu

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Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
Lao Tzu

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Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.
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He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.
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He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.
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Because of a great love, one is courageous.
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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.
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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
Lao Tzu

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Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.
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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The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
Lao Tzu

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From wonder into wonder existence opens.
Lao Tzu

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He who knows himself is enlightened.
Lao Tzu

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He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
Lao Tzu

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One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
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He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
Lao Tzu

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Silence is a source of great strength.
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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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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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Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
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Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.
Lao Tzu

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Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
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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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When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
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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He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
Lao Tzu

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At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
Lao Tzu

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

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Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
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Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
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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 wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
Lao Tzu