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|The Tao abides in non-action, Yet nothing is
left undone. If kings and lords observed this, The ten thousand
things would develop naturally. If they still desired to act,
They would return to the simplicity of formless substance. Without
form there is no desire. Without desire there is tranquility.
In this way all things would be at peace.
The Way of Heaven does not compete, And yet it skillfully achieves
victory. It does not speak, and yet it skillfully responds to
things. It comes to you without your invitation.
The Way of Heaven is to benefit others and not to injure. The
Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.
The way to do is to be.
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 wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he
gives to others, the more he has for his own.
The words of truth are always paradoxical.
There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no
greater guilt than discontentment. And there is not greater
disaster than greed.
Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict,
don't have knowledge.
To be empty is to be full.
To be worn out is to be renewed.
To have little is to possess. To have plenty is to be perplexed.
To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know
when you do not know is a disease
To lead people walk behind them.
To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone
deeply gives you courage.
To produce things and to rear them, To produce, but not to take
possession of them, To act, but not to rely on one's own ability,
To lead them, but not to master them - This is called profound
and secret virtue.
To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize
that you do not understand is a defect.
To see things in the seed, that is genius.
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
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.
Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful.
Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.
Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls
When a male and female combine, all things achieve harmony.
Tao Te Ching.
When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.
When armies are mobilized and issues are joined, The man who
is sorry over the fact will win.
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
When the best leader's work is done the people say, "We
did it ourselves."
When the highest type of men hear Tao, They diligently practice
it. When the average type of men hear Tao, They half believe
in it. When the lowest type of men hear Tao, They laugh heartily
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.
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.
When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare
or compete, everybody will respect you.
Why are people starving? Because the rulers eat up the money
in taxes. Therefore the people are starving.
Why are the people rebellious? Because the rulers interfere
too much. Therefore they are rebellious.
Why do people think so little of death? Because the rulers demand
too much of life. Therefore the people take life lightly.
Having to live on, one knows better than to value life too much.
Without stirring abroad, One can know the whole world; Without
looking out of the window One can see the way of heaven. The
further one goes The less one knows.
M-T Lao Tzu Quotes
|Lao Tzu (Old Sage or Master) - Chinese
philosopher and father of Taoism. He was reportedly born c. 600 BC
and died c. 531 BC. He is attributed with the writings of the Tao
Te Ching. He was also known as Laozi, , Laosi, Laotze, Lao Tse and
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