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

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If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
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.
Lao Tzu

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

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The words of truth are always paradoxical.
Lao Tzu

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He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.
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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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
Lao Tzu

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By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.
Lao Tzu

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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.
Lao Tzu

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How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?
Lao Tzu

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

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He who talks more is sooner exhausted.
Lao Tzu

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By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.
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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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.
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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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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A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
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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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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He who knows himself is enlightened.
Lao Tzu

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In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.
Lao Tzu

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An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.
Lao Tzu

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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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Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
Lao Tzu

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Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.
Lao Tzu

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Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
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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Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
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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The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
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 does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.
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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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
Lao Tzu

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Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
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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To lead people walk behind them.
Lao Tzu

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He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
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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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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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 people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes.
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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Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.
Lao Tzu

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Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
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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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu