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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
– Lao Tzu
Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small.
– Lao Tzu
Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.
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.
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.
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.
Because of a great love, one is courageous.
Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.
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.’
The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.
Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
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.
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.
The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.
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.
Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.
To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.
When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.
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.
The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
He who talks more is sooner exhausted.
I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any.
He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.
Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.
To lead people walk behind them.
Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.