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  • #1
    Ming-Dao Deng
    “Who you are is always right.”
    Deng Ming-Dao, Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony

  • #2
    “If a man is crossing a river and an empty boat collides with his own skiff, even though he be a bad-tempered man he will not become very angry. But if he sees a man in the boat, he will shout at him to steer clear. If the shout is not heard, he will shout again, and yet again, and begin cursing. And all because there is somebody in the boat. Yet if the boat were empty, he would not be shouting, and not angry. If you can empty your own boat crossing the river of the world, no one will oppose you, no one will seek to harm you…. Who can free himself from achievement, and from fame, descend and be lost amid the masses of men? He will flow like Tao, unseen, he will go about like Life itself with no name and no home. Simple is he, without distinction. To all appearances he is a fool. His steps leave no trace. He has no power. He achieves nothing, has no reputation. Since he judges no one, no one judges him. Such is the perfect man: His boat is empty.”
    Osho Rajneesh

  • #3
    Connie Zweig
    “The Taoists realized that no single concept or value could be considered absolute or superior. If being useful is beneficial, the being useless is also beneficial. The ease with which such opposites may change places is depicted in a Taoist story about a farmer whose horse ran away.

    His neighbor commiserated only to be told, "Who knows what's good or bad?" It was true. The next day the horse returned, bringing with it a drove of wild horses it had befriended in its wanderings. The neighbor came over again, this time to congratulate the farmer on his windfall. He was met with the same observation: "Who knows what is good or bad?" True this time too; the next day the farmer's son tried to mount one of the wild horses and fell off, breaking his leg. Back came the neighbor, this time with more commiserations, only to encounter for the third time the same response, "Who knows what is good or bad?" And once again the farmer's point was well taken, for the following day soldiers came by commandeering for the army and because of his injury, the son was not drafted.

    According to the Taoists, yang and yin, light and shadow, useful and useless are all different aspects of the whole, and the minute we choose one side and block out the other, we upset nature's balance. If we are to be whole and follow the way of nature, we must pursue the difficult process of embracing the opposites.”
    Connie Zweig, Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature

  • #4
    Lao Tzu
    “Knowing others is intelligence;
    knowing yourself is true wisdom.
    Mastering others is strength;
    mastering yourself is true power.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #5
    Lao Tzu
    “Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.”
    Lao Tsu, Tao Teh Ching

  • #6
    Lao Tzu
    “When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #7
    Lao Tzu
    “A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #8
    Lao Tzu
    “Give evil nothing to oppose
    and it will disappear by itself.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #9
    Lao Tzu
    “all streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. humility gives it its power. if you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. if you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #10
    Lao Tzu
    “Success is as dangerous as failure.
    Hope is as hollow as fear.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #11
    Lao Tzu
    “True words aren't eloquent;
    eloquent words aren't true.
    Wise men don't need to prove their point;
    men who need to prove their point aren't wise.

    The Master has no possessions.
    The more he does for others,
    the happier he is.
    The more he gives to others,
    the wealthier he is.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #12
    Lao Tzu
    “Love is a decision - not an emotion!”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #13
    Lao Tzu
    “My teachings are easy to understand
    and easy to put into practice.
    Yet your intellect will never grasp them,
    and if you try to practice them,you'll fail.

    My teachings are older than the world.
    How can you grasp their meaning?

    If you want to know me,
    Look inside your heart.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #14
    Lao Tzu
    “A good traveler has no fixed plans
    and is not intent upon arriving.
    A good artist lets his intuition
    lead him wherever it wants.
    A good scientist has freed himself of concepts
    and keeps his mind open to what is.

    Thus the Master is available to all people
    and doesn't reject anyone.
    He is ready to use all situations
    and doesn't waste anything.
    This is called embodying the light.

    What is a good man but a bad man's teacher?
    What is a bad man but a good man's job?
    If you don't understand this, you will get lost,
    however intelligent you are.
    It is the great secret.”
    Laozi, Tao Te Ching

  • #15
    Lao Tzu
    “Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.”
    Lao Tzu, Te Tao Ching

  • #16
    Lao Tzu
    “He who stands on tiptoe
    doesn't stand firm.
    He who rushes ahead
    doesn't go far.
    He who tries to shine
    dims his own light.
    He who defines himself
    can't know who he really is.
    He who has power over others
    can't empower himself.
    He who clings to his work
    will create nothing that endures.

    If you want to accord with the Tao,
    just do your job, then let go.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #17
    Lao Tzu
    “Not-knowing is true knowledge.
    Presuming to know is a disease.
    First realize that you are sick;
    then you can move toward health.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #18
    Lao Tzu
    “Colors blind the eye
    Sounds deafen the ear.
    Flavors numb the taste.
    Thoughts weaken the mind.
    Desires wither the heart.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #19
    Lao Tzu
    “Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #20
    Lao Tzu
    “A great nation is like a great man:
    When he makes a mistake, he realizes it.
    Having realized it, he admits it.
    Having admitted it, he corrects it.
    He considers those who point out his faults
    as his most benevolent teachers.
    He thinks of his enemy
    as the shadow that he himself casts.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #21
    Lao Tzu
    “The world belongs to those who let go.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #22
    Lao Tzu
    “When goodness is lost there is morality.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #23
    Lao Tzu
    “Тhe gentle overcomes the rigid.
    The slow overcomes the fast.
    The weak overcomes the strong."

    "Everyone knows that the yielding overcomes the stiff,
    and the soft overcomes the hard.
    Yet no one applies this knowledge.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #24
    Lao Tzu
    “Simplicity, patience, compassion.
    These three are your greatest treasures.
    Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
    Patient with both friends and enemies,
    you accord with the way things are.
    Compassionate toward yourself,
    you reconcile all beings in the world."

    "There is no greater misfortune
    than underestimating your enemy.
    Underestimating your enemy
    means thinking that he is evil.
    Thus you destroy your three treasures
    and become an enemy yourself.
    When two great forces oppose each other,
    the victory will go
    to the one that knows how to yield.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #25
    Lao Tzu
    “The heart that gives, gathers.”
    Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching

  • #26
    Lao Tzu
    “Thus it is said:
    The path into the light seems dark,
    the path forward seems to go back,
    the direct path seems long,
    true power seems weak,
    true purity seems tarnished,
    true steadfastness seems changeable,
    true clarity seems obscure,
    the greatest are seems unsophisticated,
    the greatest love seems indifferent,
    the greatest wisdom seems childish.

    The Tao is nowhere to be found.
    Yet it nourishes and completes all things.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #28
    Maurice Switzer
    “It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.”
    Maurice Switzer, Mrs. Goose, Her Book

  • #29
    Mark Twain
    “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
    Mark Twain

  • #30
    Albert Einstein
    “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”
    Albert Einstein

  • #31
    Stephen Hawking
    “We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”
    Stephen Hawking

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