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“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
“Love is a decision - not an emotion!”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what was almost ripe.

Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course.
He remains as calm at the end
as at the beginning.
He has nothing,
thus has nothing to lose.
What he desires is non-desire;
what he learns is to unlearn.
He simply reminds people
of who they have always been.
He cares about nothing but the Tao.
Thus he can care for all things.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching: Book Of The Way
tags: tao
“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
“Do you want to improve the world?
I don't think it can be done.

The world is sacred.
It can't be improved.
If you tamper with it, you'll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you'll lose it.

There is a time for being ahead,
a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
a time for being in danger.

The Master sees things as they are,
without trying to control them.
She lets them go their own way,
and resides at the center of the circle.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“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
“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
“To bear and not to own; to act and not lay claim; to do the work and let it go: for just letting it go is what makes it stay.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“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
“When the people of the world all know beauty as beauty, there arises the recognition of ugliness. When they all know the good as good, there arises the recognition of evil.”
Lao Tzu, The Tao Te Ching, Eighty-one Maxims from the Father of Taoism / Includes "The Gatekeeper's Tale"
“The world belongs to those who let go.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“What is firmly rooted cannot be pulled out.”
Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching
“Knowing others is wisdom;
Knowing the self is enlightenment.
Mastering others requires force;
Mastering the self requires strength;
He who knows he has enough is rich.
Perseverance is a sign of will power.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“He is free from self- display, and therefore he shines;”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“Failure is an opportunity.
If you blame someone else,
there is no end to the blame.
Therefore the Master
fulfills her own obligations
and corrects her own mistakes.
She does what she needs to do
and demands nothing of others.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“When the Master governs, the people
are hardly aware that he exists.
Next best is a leader who is loved.
Next, one who is feared.
The worst is one who is despised.

If you don't trust people,
you make them untrustworthy.

The Master doesn't talk, he acts.
When his work is done,
the people say, "Amazing:
we did it, all by ourselves!”
Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“When goodness is lost there is morality.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“Clay is fashioned into vessels; but it is on their empty hollowness, that their use depends.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“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
“If good happens, good; if bad happens, good. ”
Stephen Mitchell, Tao Te Ching: A New English Version
“The road you can talk about is not the road you can walk on”
Lao-Tse, Tao Te Ching
“The Wise Man is square but not sharp, honest but not not malign, straight but not severe, bright but not dazzling.”
Laozi, Tao Te Ching
“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
“True perfection seems imperfect,
yet it is perfectly itself.
True fullness seems empty,
yet it is fully present.

True straightness seems crooked.
True wisdom seems foolish.
True art seems artless.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus long is because they do not live of, or for, themselves.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“When the work is done, and one's name is becoming distinguished, to withdraw into obscurity is the way of Heaven.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching