The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.
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Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
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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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One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.
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Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.
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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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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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Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
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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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Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.
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Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
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Because of a great love, one is courageous.
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Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
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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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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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Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
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Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.
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I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
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He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.
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Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
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If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
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To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
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Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
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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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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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Born to be wild - live to outgrow 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 softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
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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.
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To lead people walk behind them.
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Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge.
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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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To lead people walk behind them.
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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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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
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If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
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To see things in the seed, that is genius.
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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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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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He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.
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Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
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From wonder into wonder existence opens.
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I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
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Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Lao Tzu

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To see things in the seed, that is genius.
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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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The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
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The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
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Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.
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Be the chief but never the lord.
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He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.
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