Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
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All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.
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He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.
Lao Tzu

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How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?
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He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.
Lao Tzu

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He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.
Lao Tzu

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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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To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu

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One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.
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From caring comes courage.
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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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Great acts are made up of small deeds.
Lao Tzu

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Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
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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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Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.
Lao Tzu

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

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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.
Lao Tzu

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The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes.
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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If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
Lao Tzu

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I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
Lao Tzu

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Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
Lao Tzu

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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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The words of truth are always paradoxical.
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He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
Lao Tzu

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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.
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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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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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To lead people walk behind them.
Lao Tzu

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The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes.
Lao Tzu

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

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A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
Lao Tzu

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

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Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
Lao Tzu

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Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.
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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Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.
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He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
Lao Tzu

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Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
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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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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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Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Lao Tzu

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Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.
Lao Tzu

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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 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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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.
Lao Tzu

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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.
Lao Tzu

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Great acts are made up of small deeds.
Lao Tzu

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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.
Lao Tzu

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