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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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
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Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.
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The words of truth are always paradoxical.
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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.
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Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.
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A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
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Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.
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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.
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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
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Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
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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.
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Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
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When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
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Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.
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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.
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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
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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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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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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
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If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
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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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He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.
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One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.
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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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To lead people walk behind them.
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When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
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Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
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Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
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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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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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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
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A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
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The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
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Nature is not human hearted.
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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.
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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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Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.
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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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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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Silence is a source of great strength.
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To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
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Silence is a source of great strength.
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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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An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.
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To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
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He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.
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Be the chief but never the lord.
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He who knows himself is enlightened.
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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.
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How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?
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