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

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I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any.
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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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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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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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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If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Lao Tzu

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All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.
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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A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
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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Because of a great love, one is courageous.
Lao Tzu

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Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
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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Great acts are made up of small deeds.
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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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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If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
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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Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
Lao Tzu

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

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Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
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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Be the chief but never the lord.
Lao Tzu

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Born to be wild - live to outgrow it.
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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I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any.
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 conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.
Lao Tzu

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

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Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
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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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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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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Great acts are made up of small deeds.
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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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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He who is contented is rich.
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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Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.
Lao Tzu

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When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.
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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Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
Lao Tzu

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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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The words of truth are always paradoxical.
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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Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.
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.
Lao Tzu

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Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
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