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“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.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Teh Ching
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“If you understand others you are smart.
If you understand yourself you are illuminated.
If you overcome others you are powerful.
If you overcome yourself you have strength.
If you know how to be satisfied you are rich.
If you can act with vigor, you have a will.
If you don't lose your objectives you can be long-lasting.
If you die without loss, you are eternal.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.”
Lao Tzu, Te Tao Ching
“A leader is best
When people barely know he exists
Of a good leader, who talks little,
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
They will say, “We did this ourselves.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“Stop thinking, and end your problems.
What difference between yes and no?
What difference between success and failure?
Must you value what others value,
avoid what others avoid?
How ridiculous!

Other people are excited,
as though they were at a parade.
I alone don't care,
I alone am expressionless,
like an infant before it can smile.

Other people have what they need;
I alone possess nothing.
I alone drift about,
like someone without a home.
I am like an idiot, my mind is so empty.

Other people are bright;
I alone am dark.
Other people are sharp;
I alone am dull.
Other people have purpose;
I alone don't know.
I drift like a wave on the ocean,
I blow as aimless as the wind.

I am different from ordinary people.
I drink from the Great Mother's breasts.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“To understand the limitation of things, desire them.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
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“Give evil nothing to oppose
and it will disappear by itself.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“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
“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, Tao Te Ching
“Love

Embracing Tao, you become embraced.
Supple, breathing gently, you become reborn.
Clearing your vision, you become clear.
Nurturing your beloved, you become impartial.
Opening your heart, you become accepted.
Accepting the World, you embrace Tao.
Bearing and nurturing,
Creating but not owning,
Giving without demanding,
Controlling without authority,
This is love.”
Lao Tzu, The Teachings of Lao-Tzu: The Tao-Te Ching
tags: love
“The further one goes, the less one knows.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“Close your mouth,
block off your senses,
blunt your sharpness,
untie your knots,
soften your glare,
settle your dust.
This is the primal identity.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching: A Literal Translation with an Introduction, Notes, and Commentary
“He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty" - Lao-tsu”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“When there is no desire,
all things are at peace.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“Countless words
count less
than the silent balance
between yin and yang”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“Hope and fear are both phantoms that arise from thinking of the self. When we don't see the self as self, what do we have to fear?”
Lao Tzu, The Way of Life
“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
“Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“Success is as dangerous as failure.
Hope is as hollow as fear.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“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
“Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.”
Lao Tzu, Te Tao Ching

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