From wonder into wonder existence opens.
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When the best leader's work is done the people say, "We did it ourselves."
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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.
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Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
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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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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Lao Tzu

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The words of truth are always paradoxical.
Lao Tzu

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Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.
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Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
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The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.
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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.
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In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
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Nature is not human hearted.
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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.
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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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When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.
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Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
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Silence is a source of great strength.
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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.
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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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He who talks more is sooner exhausted.
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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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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.
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He who talks more is sooner exhausted.
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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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The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.
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An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.
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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Lao Tzu

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
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He who knows himself is enlightened.
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Because of a great love, one is courageous.
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Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
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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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Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.
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When the best leader's work is done the people say, "We did it ourselves."
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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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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.
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Nature is not human hearted.
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A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
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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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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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The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
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The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes.
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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
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The words of truth are always paradoxical.
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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.'
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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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Be the chief but never the lord.
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Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it.
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To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
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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