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He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.
– Lao Tzu
One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?
Heaven is long-enduring, and earth continues long. The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus long is because they do not live of, or for, themselves.
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
From caring comes courage.
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish – too much handling will spoil it.
Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.
The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours.
If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
Silence is a source of great strength.
Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.
When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
The words of truth are always paradoxical.
He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.
All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.
Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.