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Laozi ( ; literally "Old Master"), also rendered as Lao Tzu ( or ) and Lao-Tze, was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism, and a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions. A semi-legendary figure, Laozi was usually portrayed as a 6th-century BC contemporary of Confucius, but some modern historians consider him to have lived during the Warring States period of the 4th century BC. A central figure in Chinese culture, Laozi is claimed by both the emperors of the Tang dynasty and modern people of the Li surname as a founder of their lineage. Laozi's work has been embraced by both various anti-authoritarian movements and Chinese Legalism.
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(b) Another name for Tao, understood in the sense of "Mystery of mysteries, the gate to all existence." (Lao Tzu.)

(b) External force; tending force; circumstances, such as that which completes things after Tao engenders them and the Individual Principle (te) develops them. (Lao Tzu).

(b) Religion, especially used in tsung chiao. K'ung Chiao (Confucianism) and Tao Chiao (Taoism) may either mean (a) the ethical, political, and philosophical teachings of Confucius and Lao Tzu respectively and their followers, or (b) the state cult of the worship of Heaven and ancestors and the folk religion of nature and spirit worship, respectively. -- W.T.C.

Ch'ang: (a) "Invariables" or universal and eternal laws or principles running through the phenomenal change of the universe. (Lao Tzu). (b) Constant virtues. See wu ch'ang. -- H.H.

Ch’ang: Chinese for “Invariables” or universal and eternal laws or principles running through the phenomenal change of the universe. (Lao Tzu.)

Ch'ang sheng: (a) Everlasting existence, such as that of Heaven and Earth, because of their "not existing for themselves." (Lao Tzu). (b) Long life, as a result of the nourishment of the soul and rich accumulation of virtue. (Taoist philosophy), (c) Immortality, to be achieved through internal alchemy and external alchemy (lien tan). (Taoist religion). -- W.T.C.

Ch’ang sheng: In the philosophy of Lao Tzu, everlasting existence, such as that of Heaven and Earth, because of their “not existing for themselves.” In Taoist religious terminology: 1) Long life, as a result of the nourishment of the soul and rich accumulation of virtue. 2) Immortality, to be achieved through internal alchemy and external alchemy (lien tan).

Chinese Philosophy: Confucianism and Taoism have been the dual basis of Chinese thought, with Buddhism presenting a strong challenge in medieval times. The former two, the priority of either of which is still controversial, rivaled each other from the very beginning to the present day. Taoism (tao chia) opposed nature to man, glorifying Tao or the Way, spontaneity (tzu jan), "inaction" (wu wei) in the sense of non-artificiality or following nature, simplicity (p'u), "emptiness," tranquillity and enlightenment, all dedicated to the search for "long life and lasting vision" (in the case of Lao Tzu, 570 B.C.?), for "preserving life and keeping the essence of our being intact" (in the case of Yang Chu, c. 440-360 B.C.), and for "companionship with nature" (in the case of Chuang Tzu, between 399 and 295 B.C.). The notes of the "equality of things and opinions" (ch'i wu) and the "spontaneous and unceasing transformation of things" (tzu hua) were particularly stressed in Chuang Tzu.

Chuang Tzu (Chinese) Chinese philosopher (late 4th century b.c.) who, with Lao Tzu and Kuan Tzu, is regarded as one of the patriarchs of Taoism. He wrote a work under his name which treats of the tao and its relation to the universe and man, and gives directions for the conduct of human life.

Chung: The Mean. See Chung yung. (Confucius.) The central self or moral being, in which "the passions such as joy, anger, grief, and pleasure have not awakened," and which exists "in a state of absolute tranquillity without being moved." See ho. (Early Confucianism; Neo-Confucianism.) The central or the proper principle; the Moral Law (tao); the "ultimate principle" of the universe; "the great basis of existence"; "the beginning and the end of the universe." The principle of centrality, which is observable in everything, that everything should have the proper balance of activity and tranquillity. (Tung Chung-shu, 177-104 B.C., Ch'eng Ming-tao, 1032-1086.) Impartiality; the principle of neutrality which is present in every human heart. The inner life; the inner principle. (Lao Tzu.)

(d) The ideal ruler. (Lao Tzu).

Fan or fu: The greatest of all the laws underlying phenomenal change, that if any one thing moves to an extreme direction, a change must bring about an opposite result, called "reversion" or "return". Reminds one of Hegel's antithesis. (Lao Tzu.) -- H.H.

Hsi ch'ang: Practicing the Eternal; i.e., "seeing what is small," "preserving one's weakness," "employing the light," and "reverting to enlightenment to avoid disaster to life." (Lao Tzu.) -- W.T.C.

Hsin: Good faith, one of the Five Cardinal Confucian Virtues (wu ch'ang); honesty; sincerity; truthfulness; truth. (Confucianism.) "Actualization of honesty (chung)." (Ch'eng Ming-tao, 1032-1086.) See Chung. Belief; trust. Power, or the efficacy of the essence of Tao. (Lao Tzu.)

Hsuan te: (Profound Virtue) "The Way produces things but does not take possession of them. It does its work but does not take pride in it. It rules over things but does not dominate them. This is called Profound Virtue." (Lao Tzu.)

Huang Lao: The teachings of the Yellow Emperor and Lao Tzu which emphasized the nourishing of one's original nature and which were very influential in the Han dynasty (206 B.C-220 A.D.). -- W.T.C.

I: (C.) The One, which is engendered by Tao and which in turn engenders the Two (yin and yang). (Lao Tzu.) "The Formless is the One. The One has no compare in the universe . . . It is the Great Infinite and forms the Unity. It is the life of myriad generations, everlasting without beginning, and most mysterious. It enfolds the universe and opens the portal of Tao. . . . When the One is established and the myriad things are engendered, there is Tao." (Huai-nan Tzu, d. 112 B.C.) Unity of mind, "not allowing one impression to harm another." (Hsun Tzu c 335-c 288 B.C.) The number for Heaven, as two is the number for Earth. See Ta i and T'a i.

I: In Chinese philosophical terminology: (1) The One, which is engendered by Tao and which in turn engenders the Two (yin and yang). (Lao Tzu.) (2) Unity of mind, “not allowing one impression to harm another.” (3) The number for Heaven, as two is the number for Earth. (4) Righteousness, justice; one of the four Confucian Fundamentals of the Moral Life (ssu tuan) and the Five Constant Virtues (wu ch’ang). It is the virtue “by which things are made proper,” “by which the world is regulated.”

Kuan Tzu (Chinese) The most voluminous Taoist work that has come down to our day. It treats of the ethical and political philosophy of tao with regard to the universe and man. Its authorship is assigned to Kuan tzu (also Kaun Chung or Kwan-twu, Kwan-tsze, Kwan-tse, etc.) of the 7th century BC. He is regarded as one of the three patriarchs of Tao — the other two being Lao tzu and Chuang Tzu. The work bears evidence of having been added to by other and later authors.

Language of Science: See Scientific Empiricism II B 1. Lao Tzu: Whether the founder of Taoism (tao chia) was the same as Li Erh and Li An, whether he lived before or after Confucius, and whether the Tao Te Ching (Eng. trans.: The Canon of Reason and Virtue by P. Carus, The Way and Its Power by A. Waley, etc.) contains his teachings are controversial. According to the Shih Chi (Historical Records), he was a native of Chu (in present Honan), land of romanticism in the south, and a custodian of documents whom Confucius went to consult on rituals. Thus he might have been a priest-teacher who, by advocating the doctrine of "inaction", attempted to preserve the declining culture of his people, the suppressed people of Yin, while Confucius worked hard to promote the culture of the ruling people of Chou. -- W.T.C.

Medieval Chinese philosophy was essentially a story of the synthesis of indigenous philosophies and the development of Buddhism. In the second century B.C., the Yin Yang movement identified itself with the common and powerful movement under the names of the Yellow Emperor and Lao Tzu (Huang Lao). This, in turn, became interfused with Confucianism and produced the mixture which was the Eclectic Sinisticism lasting till the tenth century A.D. In both Huai-nan Tzu (d. 122 B.C.), the semi-Taoist, and Tung Chung-shu (177-104- B.C.), the Confucian, Taoist metaphysics and Confucian ethics mingled with each other, with yin and yang as the connecting links. As the cosmic order results from the harmony of yin and yang in nature, namely, Heaven and Earth, so the moral order results from the harmony of yang and yin in man, such as husband and wife, human nature and passions, and love and hate. The Five Agents (wu hsing), through which the yin yang principles operate, have direct correspondence not only with the five directions, the five metals, etc., in nature, but also with the five Constant Virtues, the five senses, etc., in man, thus binding nature and man in a neat macrocosm-microcosm relationship. Ultimately this led to superstition, which Wang Ch'ung (27-c. 100 A.D.) vigorously attacked. He reinstated naturalism on a rational ground by accepting only reason and experience, and thus promoted the critical spirit to such an extent that it gave rise to a strong movement of textual criticism and an equally strong movement of free political thought in the few centuries after him.

Miao: (a) Mystery of existence, which is unfathomable. (Lao Tzu.) (b) Subtlety, such as the subtle presence of the Omnipotent Creative Power (shen) in the myriad things. -- W.T.C.

Miao: In Chinese mysticism, this word has two meanings: (a) Mystery of existence, which is unfathomable. (Lao Tzu.) (b) Subtlety, such as the subtle presence of the Omnipotent Creative Power (shen) in the myriad things.

Su: 'Unadornment', (p'u) 'unadorned simplicity'; (ching) 'quiescence' bespeaking all the complete absence of desires, but really meaning that the desires should be made fewer. (Lao Tzu) Seeking for the tao, emptiness, singleness, concentrated attention (tu), quiescence are all rules for man's conduct. (Hsun Tzu C355-C288 B.C.) -- H.H.

Tantric: Adjective to Tantra (q.v.) Tao: The Way, principle, cosmic order, nature. "The Tao that can be expressed in words is not the eternal Tao." It is "vague and eluding," "deep and obscure," but "there is in it the form" and "the essence." "In it is reality." It "produced the One, the One produced the two, the two produced the three, and the three produced all things." Its "standard is the Natural." (Lao Tzu).   "Tao has reality and evidence but no action nor form. It may be transmitted, but cannot be received. It may be attained, but cannot be seen. It is its own essence, and its own root." "Tao operates, and results follow." "Tao has no limit." "It is in the ant," "a tare," "a potsherd," "ordure." (Chuang Tzu, between 399 and 295 B.C.). The Confucian "Way;" the teachings of the sage; the moral order, the moral life, truth, the moral law; the moral principle. This means "the fulfillment of the law of our human nature." It is the path of man's moral life. "True manhood (jen) is that by which a man is to be a man. Generally speaking, it is the moral law" (Mencius, 371-289 B.C.). "To proceed according to benevolence and righteousness is called the Way." (Han Yu, 767-824). The Way, which means following the Reason of things, and also the Reason which is in everything and which everything obeys. (Neo-Confucianism). The Way or Moral Law in the cosmic sense, signifying "what is above the realm of corporeality," and the "successive movement of the active (yang) and the passive principles (yin)." In the latter sense as understood both in ancient Confucianism and in Neo-Confucianism, it is interchangeable with the Great Ultimate (T'ai Chi). Shao K'ang-chieh (1011-1077) said that "The Moral Law is the Great Ultimate." Chang Heng-ch'u (1022-1077) identified it with the Grand Harmony (Ta Ho) and said that "from the operation of the vital force (ch'i) there is the Way." This means that the Way is the principle of being as well as the sum total of the substance and functions of things. To Ch'eng I-ch'uan (1033-1107) "There is no Way independent of the active (yang) principle and the passive (yin) principle. Yet it is precisely the Way that determines the active and passive principles. These principles are the constituents of the vital force (ch'i), which is corporeal. On the other hand, the Way transcends corporeality." To Chu Hsi (1130-1200), the Way is "the Reason why things are as they are." Tai Tung-yuan (1723-1777) understood it to mean "the incessant transformation of the universe," and "the operation of things in the world, involving the constant flow of the vital force (ch'i) and change, and unceasing production and reproduction."

Tao chiao: The Taoist religion, or the religion which was founded on the exotic interpretation of the teachings of the Yellow Emperor and Lao Tzu (Huang Lao) that flourished in the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-220 A.D.), which assimilated the Yin Yang philosophy, the practice of alchemy, and the worship of natural objects and immortals, and which became highly elaborated through wholesale imitation of the Buddhist religion. -- W.T.C.

Tao chia: The Taoist school, the followers of Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Lieh Tzu, etc., who "urged men to unity of spirit, teaching that all activities should be in harmony with the unseen (Tao), with abundant liberality toward all things in nature. As to method, they accept the orderly sequence of nature from the Yin Yang school, select the good points of Confucianists and Mohists, and combine with these the important points of the Logicians and Legalists. In accordance with the changes of the seasons, they respond to the development of natural objects."

Taoism: The Chinese religion founded on the esoteric interpretation of the teachings of the Yellow Emperor and Lao Tzu, which assimilated the yin-yang philosophy (see yin), the practice of alchemy, and the worship of natural objects and immortals, and which became highly elaborated through the incorporation of a great many elements of Buddhism.

Tao Teh Ching or Tao Te King (Chinese) [from tao path, way + te virtue + ching book] The canon of tao and virtue, or the Book of Taoistic virtue; the principal work on tao, attributed to Lao Tzu, consisting of 81 short chapters written in a terse, pithy style which makes its translation and explanation most difficult. When Lao Tsu was departing through the pass, it is said that at the request of its keeper, Yin Hsi (a famous Taoist), he wrote a book in regard to his ideas on tao and te running to somewhat over five thousand characters. Its teaching is principally imparted by means of paradoxes, the object being that by startling the mind one may perceive truth without ratiocinations.

"To regard the fundamental as the refined essence and to regard things as its coarse embodiment; to regard accumulation as deficiency; to dwell quietly and alone with the spiritual and the intelligent; these were some aspects of the system of Tao of the ancients . . . They built their system upon the principle the eternal Non-Being and centered it upon the idea of Ultimate Unity. Their outward expression was weakness and humility. Pure emptiness without injury to objective things was for them true substance. Kuan Yin said, "Establish nothing in regard to oneself. Let things be what they are; move like water; be tranquil like a mirror; respond like an echo. Pass quickly like the non-existent; be quiet like purity . . .' Lao Tan (Lao Tzu) said, 'Know manhood (active force), and preserve womanhood (passive force); become the ravine of the world. Know whiteness (glory); endure blackness (disgrace); become a model of the world.' Men all seek the first; he alone took the last . . . Men all seek for happiness; he alone sought contentment in adaptation . . . He regarded the deep as the fundamental, moderation as the rule . . .

Tu: Lao Tzu’s term for “steadfastness in quietude,” in order to comprehend Fate, The Eternal, and Tao.

T'ung: Mere identity, or sameness, especially in social institutions and standards, which is inferior to harmony (ho) in which social distinctions and differences are in complete concord. (Confucianism). Agreement, as in "agreement with the superiors" (shang t'ung). The method of agreement, which includes identity, generic relationship, co-existence, and partial resemblance. "Identity means two substances having one name. Generic relationship means inclusion in the same whole. Both being in the same room is a case of co-existence. Partial resemblance means having some points of resemblance." See Mo chi. (Neo-Mohism). --W.T.C. T'ung i: The joint method of similarities and differences, by which what is present and what is absent can be distinguished. See Mo chi. --W.T.C. Tung Chung-shu: (177-104 B.C.) was the leading Confucian of his time, premier to two feudal princes, and consultant to the Han emperor in framing national policies. Firmly believing in retribution, he strongly advocated the "science of catastrophic and anomalies," and became the founder and leader of medieval Confucianism which was extensively confused with the Yin Yang philosophy. Extremely antagonistic towards rival schools, he established Confucianism as basis of state religion and education. His best known work, Ch-un-ch'iu Fan-lu, awaits English translation. --W.T.C. Turro y Darder, Ramon: Spanish Biologist and Philosopher. Born in Malgrat, Dec. 8 1854. Died in Barcelona, June 5, 1926. As a Biologist, his conclusions about the circulation of the blood, more than half a century ago, were accepted and verified by later researchers and theorists. Among other things, he showed the insufficiency and unsatisfactoriness of the mechanistic and neomechanistic explanations of the circulatory process. He was also the first to busy himself with endocrinology and bacteriological immunity. As a philosopher Turro combated the subjectivistic and metaphysical type of psychology, and circumscribed scientific investigation to the determination of the conditions that precede the occurrence of phenomena, considering useless all attempt to reach final essences. Turro does not admit, however, that the psychical series or conscious states may be causally linked to the organic series. His formula was: Physiology and Consciousness are phenomena that occur, not in connection, but in conjunction. His most important work is Filosofia Critica, in which he has put side by side two antagonistic conceptions of the universe, the objective and the subjectne conceptions. In it he holds that, at the present crisis of science and philosophy, the business of intelligence is to realize that science works on philosophical presuppositions, but that philosophy is no better off with its chaos of endless contradictions and countless systems of thought. The task to be realized is one of coming together, to undo what has been done and get as far as the original primordial concepts with which philosophical inquiry began. --J.A.F. Tychism: A term derived from the Greek, tyche, fortune, chance, and employed by Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914) to express any theory which regards chance as an objective reality, operative in the cosmos. Also the hypothesis that evolution occurs owing to fortuitous variations. --J.J.R. Types, theory of: See Logic, formal, § 6; Paradoxes, logical; Ramified theory of types. Type-token ambiguity: The words token and type are used to distinguish between two senses of the word word.   Individual marks, more or less resembling each other (as "cat" resembles "cat" and "CAT") may (1) be said to be "the same word" or (2) so many "different words". The apparent contradiction therby involved is removed by speaking of the individual marks as tokens, in contrast with the one type of which they are instances. And word may then be said to be subject to type-token ambiguity. The terminology can easily be extended to apply to any kind of symbol, e.g. as in speaking of token- and type-sentences.   Reference: C. S. Peirce, Collected Papers, 4.517. --M.B. Tz'u: (a) Parental love, kindness, or affection, the ideal Confucian virtue of parents.   (b) Love, kindness in general. --W.T.C. Tzu hua: Self-transformation or spontaneous transformation without depending on any divine guidance or eternal agency, but following the thing's own principle of being, which is Tao. (Taoism). --W.T.C. Tzu jan: The natural, the natural state, the state of Tao, spontaneity as against artificiality. (Lao Tzu; Huai-nan Tzu, d. 122 B.C.). --W.T.C. U

Tu: Steadfastness in quietude, in order to comprehend Fate, The Eternal, and Tao (Lao Tzu). -- W.T.C.

Wu: Chinese for Eternal Non-Being; that which is opposed to the being of material objects; refers to the essence of Tao, the first principle. (Lao Tzu.)

Wu: 'Eternal Non-Being' is that which is opposed to being of material objects; refers to the essence of Tao, the first principle. (Lao Tzu). -- H.H.

Wu tien: The Five Constant Virtues. See wu ch'ang. Wu wei: Following nature, non-artificiality, non-assertion, inaction, inactivity or passivity. It means that artificiality must not replace spontaneity, that the state of nature must not be interfered with by human efforts, superficial morality and wisdom. "Tao undertakes no activity (wu wei), and yet there is nothing left undone. If kings and princes would adhere to it, all creatures would tranform spontaneously." (Lao Tzu).

Yu: "Eternal being" refers to the function of the metaphysical principle Tao. It is no mere zero or nothingness, having as fiist principle brought all things into being. (Lao Tzu, Taoists). -- H.H.



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1:Act without expectation. ~ Lao Tzu,
2:thus she can use all things. ~ Lao Tzu ,
3:To be is to be true. ~ Lao Tzu,
4:This therefore is the highest state of man. ~ Lao Tzu,
5:by those who let it go. ~ Lao Tzu,
6:Every step is on the path. ~ Lao Tzu,
7:When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. ~ Lao Tzu
8:To lead the people, walk behind them. ~ Lao Tzu,
9:The world is won by those who let it go. ~ Lao Tzu,
10:Move in harmony with the present moment." ~ Lao Tzu,
11:What's the difference between yes and no? ~ Lao Tzu,
12:Be who you really are and go the whole way ~ Lao Tzu,
13:To see things in the seed, that is genius. ~ Lao Tzu,
14:There is no suitable name for the eternal Tao. ~ Lao Tzu,
15:When there is no desire, all things are at peace." ~ Lao Tzu,
16:And then forget that you are there. ~ Hua Hu Ching: The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu,
17:The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long." ~ Lao Tzu,
18:Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force. ~ Lao Tzu,
19:He who is self-conceited has no superiority allowed to him." ~ Lao Tzu,
20:What the caterpillar calls the end the rest of the world calls a butterfly. ~ Butterfly Lao Tzu,
21:The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth." ~ Lao Tzu,
22:When one does nothing, nothing is left undone." ~ Attributed to Lao Tzu, as well as Hindu sources.,
23:A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
   ~ Lao Tzu,
24:If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place ~ Lao Tzu,
25:When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you." ~ Lao Tzu,
26:He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire.
   ~ Lao Tzu,
27:Those who know, don't tell.
Those who tell, don't know. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
28:Countless words count less than the silent balance between yin and yang." ~ Lao Tzu,
29:Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~ Lao Tzu,
30:The eternal Tao has no name; when the Tao divided Itself, then It had a name. ~ Lao Tzu,
31:If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence. ~ Lao Tzu,
32:Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?" ~ Lao Tzu,
33:If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it." ~ Lao Tzu,
34:Less and less do you need to force things, until finally you arrive at non-action. ~ Lao Tzu,
35:For all things difficult to acquire, the intelligent man works with perseverance.
   ~ Lao Tzu,
36:We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want. ~ Lao Tzu,
37:We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want." ~ Lao Tzu,
38:Those who understand others are intelligent. Those who understand themselves, are enlightened. ~ Lao Tzu,
39:At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. ~ Lao Tzu,
40:Less and less is done until non-action is achieved. When nothing is done, nothing is left undone. ~ Lao Tzu,
41:To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.
   ~ Lao Tzu,
42:At the center of your being, you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. ~ Lao Tzu,
43:At the centre of your being, you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. ~ Lao Tzu,
44:Being free of desires it is tranquil. And the world will be at peace of it's own accord. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
45:Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
46:The Tao which can be expressed is not the eternal Tao, the name which can be named is not the eternal Name. ~ Lao Tzu,
47:In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired. In pursuit of wisdom, every day something is dropped. ~ Lao Tzu,
48:He who is in harmony with the Tao is like a newborn child. Its bones are soft, its muscles are weak, but its grip is powerful." ~ Lao Tzu,
49:The tree too thick to embrace
emerges from a seedling.
A nine-storey tower rises from a brick.
A thousand-mile journey begins under your feet. ~ Lao Tzu,
50:Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind rest at peace. The ten thousand things rise and fall, and the Self watches their return. ~ Lao Tzu,
51:It is wisdom to know about others, it is enlightenment to know oneself.
~ Lao Tzu, @BashoSociety
52:I have to create a circle of reading for myself: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Pascal, The New Testament. This is also necessary for all people. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
53:I have to create a circle of reading for myself: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Pascal, The New Testament. This is also necessary for all people.
   ~ Leo Tolstoy,
54:I f you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present. ~ Lao Tzu,
55:Yet mystery and imagination arise from the same source. This source is called darkness ... Darkness within darkness, the gateway to all understanding. ~ Lao Tzu,
56:Do the difficult things while they are easy, and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." ~ Lao Tzu,
57:If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present." ~ Lao Tzu,
58:This is how we know that inaction comes to have such advantages. The doctrine which has no words. The benefits of taking no action Few in the world realize these things." ~ Lao Tzu "Tao Te Ching," trans. by Bradford Hatcher, (unpub. ms),
59:To take the last issue, the difficult issue, first. The first great Dharma systems, East and West, all arose, without exception, in the so-called "axial period" (Karl Jaspers), that rather extraordinary period beginning around the 6th century B.C. (plus or minus several centuries), a period that saw the birth of Gautama Buddha, Lao Tzu, Confucius, Moses, Plato, Patanjali—a period that would soon give way, over the next few centuries, to include Ashvaghosa, Nagarjuna, Plotinus, Jesus, Philo, Valentinus…. Virtually all of the major tenets of the perennial philosophy were first laid down during this amazing era (in Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity….) ~ Ken Wilber, Integral Life, right-bucks,
60:reading :::
   Self-Help Reading List:
   James Allen As a Man Thinketh (1904)
   Marcus Aurelius Meditations (2nd Century)
   The Bhagavad-Gita
   The Bible
   Robert Bly Iron John (1990)
   Boethius The Consolation of Philosophy (6thC)
   Alain de Botton How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997)
   William Bridges Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes (1980)
   David Brooks The Road to Character (2015)
   Brené Brown Daring Greatly (2012)
   David D Burns The New Mood Therapy (1980)
   Joseph Campbell (with Bill Moyers) The Power of Myth (1988)
   Richard Carlson Don't Sweat The Small Stuff (1997)
   Dale Carnegie How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936)
   Deepak Chopra The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (1994)
   Clayton Christensen How Will You Measure Your Life? (2012)
   Paulo Coelho The Alchemist (1988)
   Stephen Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989)
   Mihaly Cziksentmihalyi Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1991)
   The Dalai Lama & Howard Cutler The Art of Happiness (1999)
   The Dhammapada (Buddha's teachings)
   Charles Duhigg The Power of Habit (2011)
   Wayne Dyer Real Magic (1992)
   Ralph Waldo Emerson Self-Reliance (1841)
   Clarissa Pinkola Estes Women Who Run With The Wolves (1996)
   Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning (1959)
   Benjamin Franklin Autobiography (1790)
   Shakti Gawain Creative Visualization (1982)
   Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence (1995)
   John Gray Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus (1992)
   Louise Hay You Can Heal Your Life (1984)
   James Hillman The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling (1996)
   Susan Jeffers Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway (1987)
   Richard Koch The 80/20 Principle (1998)
   Marie Kondo The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2014)
   Ellen Langer Mindfulness: Choice and Control in Everyday Life (1989)
   Lao-Tzu Tao-te Ching (The Way of Power)
   Maxwell Maltz Psycho-Cybernetics (1960)
   Abraham Maslow Motivation and Personality (1954)
   Thomas Moore Care of the Soul (1992)
   Joseph Murphy The Power of Your Subconscious Mind (1963)
   Norman Vincent Peale The Power of Positive Thinking (1952)
   M Scott Peck The Road Less Traveled (1990)
   Anthony Robbins Awaken The Giant Within (1991)
   Florence Scovell-Shinn The Game of Life and How To Play It (1923)
   Martin Seligman Learned Optimism (1991)
   Samuel Smiles Self-Help (1859)
   Pierre Teilhard de Chardin The Phenomenon of Man (1955)
   Henry David Thoreau Walden (1854)
   Marianne Williamson A Return To Love (1993)
   ~ Tom Butler-Bowdon, 50 Self-Help,

*** WISDOM TROVE ***

1:Act without expectation.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
2:From caring comes courage. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
3:He who grasps, lets slip.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
4:The way to do... is to be. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
5:He who is contented is rich. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
6:Nature is not human hearted. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
7:Meandering leads to perfection. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
8:The best fighter is never angry. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
9:To lead people, walk behind them. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
10:He who knows he has enough is rich. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
11:Muddy water, let stand becomes clear. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
12:Stop thinking, and end your problems. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
13:To hold, you must first open. Let go. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
14:Great acts are made up of small deeds. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
15:Because of deep love, one is courageous. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
16:Silence is a source of great strength.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
17:The further one goes, the less one knows. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
18:Opportunities multiply as they are seized. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
19:The words of truth are always paradoxical. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
20:To see things in the seed, that is genius. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
21:An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
22:Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
23:Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
24:As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
25:When there is no desire, all things are at peace. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
26:He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
27:The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
28:Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
29:Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
30:If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
31:Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
32:A foolish man is always doing, Yet much remains to be done. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
33:Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
34:Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
35:Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
36:with few there is attainment. With much there is confusion.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
37:He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
38:Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
39:When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
40:Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
41:Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
42:He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
43:The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
44:Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
45:A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
46:How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men? ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
47:If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
48:One who is too insistent on his own views finds few to agree with him. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
49:All things in the world come from being. And being comes from non-being. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
50:There are many paths to enlightenment. Be sure to take one with a heart. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
51:Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
52:The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
53:If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
54:When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
55:Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
56:Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
57:Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
58:For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
59:If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
60:The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
61:Those who have knowledge don’t predict. Those who predict don’t have knowledge.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
62:A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
63:If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
64:I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
65:To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
66:Because of not daring to be ahead of the world, one becomes the leader of the world.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
67:The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
68:We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
69:Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
70:Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
71:He who controls others may be powerful but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
72:Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
73:When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
74:Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
75:So the unwanting soul sees what's hidden, and the ever-wanting soul sees only what it wants. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
76:Who can wait quietly until the mud settles? Who can remain still until the moment of action? ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
77:Deal with difficulties while they are still easy. Handle the great while it is still small.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
78:The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
79:Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
80:Free from desire, you realize the mystery caught in the desire, you see only the manifestations. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
81:One cannot reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
82:In the end, the treasure of life is missed by those who hold on and gained by those who let go.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
83:If you keep feeling a point that has been sharpened, the point cannot long preserve its sharpness. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
84:Time is a created thing. To say &
85:To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.    ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
86:At the centre of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
87:Confront the difficult while it is still easy; accomplish the great task by a series of small acts. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
88:When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
89:Good words shall gain you honor in the marketplace, but good deeds shall gain you friends among men. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
90:The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
91:Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
92:Contentment is the greatest treasure. Health is the greatest possession. Confidence is the greatest friend. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
93:I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
94:Loving, hating, having expectations: all these are attachments. Attachment prevents the growth of one's true being. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
95:The reason why the universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself; it gives life to others as it transforms. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
96:Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
97:Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
98:Taoism is the way of water. The most frequent element or symbol refered to in Lao Tzu's wrtings is the symbol of water. ~ frederick-lenz, @wisdomtrove
99:A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
100:Advise the ruler to govern the state as one cooks a small fish - that is, don't turn it so often in the pan that it disintegrates. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
101: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, @wisdomtrove
102: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 winning.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
103:Do you imagine the universe is agitated? Go into the desert at night and look at the stars. This practice should answer the question. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
104: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. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
105:A good manager is best when people barely know that he exists. Not so good when people obey and acclaim him. Worse when they despise him. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
106:The primary quality that Lao Tzu seems to emobdy is humility, which is the image of water - seeking the common level of existence. ~ frederick-lenz, @wisdomtrove
107:Through return to simple living comes control of desires. In control of desires, stillness is attained. In stillness, the world is restored. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
108:The sage never tries to store things up. The more he does for others, the more he has. The more he gives to others, the greater his abundance. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
109:Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?     ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
110:If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
111:Man takes his law from the Earth; the Earth takes its law from Heaven; Heaven takes its law from the Tao. The law of the Tao is its being what it is. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
112:The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honoured by all in the world, Like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
113:Going back to the origin is called peace; it means reversion to destiny. Reversion to destiny is called eternity. They who know eternity are called enlightened.    ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
114:I have to create a circle of reading for myself: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Pascal, The New Testament. This is also necessary for all people. ~ leo-tolstoy, @wisdomtrove
115:Because of deep love, one is courageous. Because of frugality, one is generous. Because of not daring to be ahead of the world, one becomes the leader of the world.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
116: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. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
117: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. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
118:The world is a sacred vessel. It should not be meddled with. It should not be owned. If you try to meddle with it you will ruin it. If you try to own it you will lose it. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
119: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.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
120:The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao; the name that can be named is not the eternal name. The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth; the Named is the mother of all things. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
121:No thought, no action, no movement, total stillness: only thus can one manifest the true nature and law of things from within and unconsciously, and at last become one with heaven and earth. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
122:Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
123:Integral wisdom involves a direct participation in every moment: the observer and the observed are dissolved in the light of pure awareness, and no mental concepts or attitudes are present to dim that light. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
124: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. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
125:The new life created by the final integration is self-aware yet without ego, capable of inhabiting a body yet not attached to it, and guided by wisdom rather than emotion. Whole and virtuous, it can never die. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
126: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. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
127:Simply see that you are at the centre of the universe, and accept all things and beings as parts of your infinite body. When you perceive that an act done to another is done to yourself, you have understood the great truth.    ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
128:Lao Tzu doesn’t say that the mysterious essence is real and the appearances are an illusion. Rather, he says that the Tao is always both mysterious and manifest. The paradoxity of being is that it is one essence that appears in many forms. ~ tim-freke, @wisdomtrove
129:Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
130:From of old the things that have acquired unity are these: Heaven by unity has become clear; Earth by unity has become steady; The Spirit by unity has become spiritual; The Valley by unity has become full; All things by unity have come into existence. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
131:Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind rest at peace. The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return. They grow and flourish and then return to the source. Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
132:Most of the world's religions serve only to strengthen attachments to false concepts such as self and other, life and death, heaven and earth, and so on. Those who become entangled in these false ideas are prevented from perceiving the Integral Oneness.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
133:No one asks you to throw Mozart out of the window. Keep Mozart. Cherish him. Keep Moses too, and Buddha and Lao Tzu and Christ. Keep them in your heart. But make room for the others, the coming ones, the ones who are already scratching on the window-panes. ~ henry-miller, @wisdomtrove
134:The Taoist sage Lao Tzu explained that ‘in the pursuit of learning we come to know more and more’. But if we want to awaken, we need to ‘know less and less until things simply are as they are’. We need to let go of all our beliefs about life, which obscure the wordless reality of what-is. ~ tim-freke, @wisdomtrove
135:There was something undifferentiated and yet complete, which existed before Heaven and Earth. Soundless and formless, it depends on nothing and does not change. It operates everywhere and is free from danger. It may be considered the mother of the universe. I do not know its name; I call it Tao. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
136:I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.   ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
137:In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is added. In the practice of the Tao, every day something is dropped. Less and less do you need to force things, until finally you arrive at non-    When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.  True mastery can be gained by letting things go their own way.  It can't be gained by interfering.    ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
138:But the transformation of consciousness undertaken in Taoism and Zen is more like the correction of faulty perception or the curing of a disease. It is not an acquisitive process of learning more and more facts or greater and greater skills, but rather an unlearning of wrong habits and opinions. As Lao-tzu said, "The scholar gains every day, but the Taoist loses every day. ~ alan-watts, @wisdomtrove
139:A man's excellence is like that of water; It benefits all things without striving; It takes to the low places shunned by men. Water is akin to Tao. . . . In all the earth nothing weaker than water, Yet in attacking the hard, nothing superior, Nothing so certain in wearing down strength: There is no way to resist it. Note then: The weak conquer the strong, The yielding outlast the aggressors. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove

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1:As you live, so you die ~ Lao Tzu,
2:The Way to do is to be. ~ Lao Tzu,
3:Act without expectation. ~ Lao Tzu,
4:"Act without expectation." ~ Lao Tzu,
5:Every step is on the path. ~ Lao Tzu,
6:When turmoil rules, go in. ~ Lao Tzu,
7:Peace is our original state ~ Lao Tzu,
8:Therefore the Tao is great; ~ Lao Tzu,
9:Great talents mature slowly. ~ Lao Tzu,
10:He who is contented is rich. ~ Lao Tzu,
11:Pomp is contrary to the Tao. ~ Lao Tzu,
12:A bad man is a good man's job ~ Lao Tzu,
13:No one rules if no one obeys. ~ Lao Tzu,
14:The heart that gives, gathers. ~ Lao Tzu,
15:By letting go it all gets done. ~ Lao Tzu,
16:A good traveler leaves no track. ~ Lao Tzu,
17:Knowing how to yield is strength ~ Lao Tzu,
18:The best fighter is never angry. ~ Lao Tzu,
19:The best runner leaves no tracks ~ Lao Tzu,
20:To be worn out is to be renewed. ~ Lao Tzu,
21:A good traveler leaves no tracks. ~ Lao Tzu,
22:Anything great is long in making. ~ Lao Tzu,
23:Gravity is the root of lightness; ~ Lao Tzu,
24:Quick promises Mean little trust. ~ Lao Tzu,
25:stillness, the ruler of movement. ~ Lao Tzu,
26:there is nothing like moderation. ~ Lao Tzu,
27:The way is easy stay on the path. ~ Lao Tzu,
28:To lead people, walk beside them. ~ Lao Tzu,
29:But if desire always within us be, ~ Lao Tzu,
30:He who overcomes others is strong; ~ Lao Tzu,
31:Saberse ignorante es conocimiento. ~ Lao Tzu,
32:When things flourish they decline. ~ Lao Tzu,
33:He who knows he has enough, is rich ~ Lao Tzu,
34:he who overcomes himself is mighty. ~ Lao Tzu,
35:If its deep mystery we would sound; ~ Lao Tzu,
36:It as non-existent (and not named). ~ Lao Tzu,
37:Knowing constancy is enlightenment. ~ Lao Tzu,
38:Loss is not as bad as wanting more. ~ Lao Tzu,
39:Stillness is the master of passion. ~ Lao Tzu,
40:The pot's use comes from emptiness. ~ Lao Tzu,
41:Easy promises make for little trust. ~ Lao Tzu,
42:he who knows himself is intelligent. ~ Lao Tzu,
43:Love is a decision - not an emotion! ~ Lao Tzu,
44:Pursue that which is not meddlesome. ~ Lao Tzu,
45:Racing and hunting madden our minds. ~ Lao Tzu,
46:Contentment is the greatest treasure. ~ Lao Tzu,
47:Earth rendered thereby firm and sure; ~ Lao Tzu,
48:He who knows other men is discerning; ~ Lao Tzu,
49:Know glory but cleave to humiliation. ~ Lao Tzu,
50:Stop thinking, and end your problems. ~ Lao Tzu,
51:Todo lo que ahora necesito,está aquí. ~ Lao Tzu,
52:To lead the people, walk behind them. ~ Lao Tzu,
53:Composure is the ruler of instability. ~ Lao Tzu,
54:Great acts are made up of small deeds. ~ Lao Tzu,
55:Heaven which by it is bright and pure; ~ Lao Tzu,
56:He who talks more is sooner exhausted. ~ Lao Tzu,
57:Keep life and lose those other things; ~ Lao Tzu,
58:Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear. ~ Lao Tzu,
59:Silence is a source of Great Strength. ~ Lao Tzu,
60:Silence is a source of great strength. ~ Lao Tzu,
61:Some say that my teaching is nonsense. ~ Lao Tzu,
62:The world belongs to those who let go. ~ Lao Tzu,
63:To lead the people, walk behind them. ~ Lao Tzu,
64:Always without desire we must be found, ~ Lao Tzu,
65:From wonder into wonder existence opens ~ Lao Tzu,
66:Great, it passes on (in constant flow). ~ Lao Tzu,
67:There is no illusion greater than fear. ~ Lao Tzu,
68:To lead people, you must follow behind. ~ Lao Tzu,
69:Who can (make) the muddy water (clear)? ~ Lao Tzu,
70:Every journey begins with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu,
71:From wonder into wonder existence opens. ~ Lao Tzu,
72:However grand and high, would all decay. ~ Lao Tzu,
73:The sage puts herself last and is first. ~ Lao Tzu,
74:When goodness is lost there is morality. ~ Lao Tzu,
75:An over sharpened sword cannot last long. ~ Lao Tzu,
76:Every journey begins with the first step. ~ Lao Tzu,
77:He who is satisfied with his lot is rich; ~ Lao Tzu,
78:Manage affairs before they are in a mess. ~ Lao Tzu,
79:One gains by losing and loses by gaining. ~ Lao Tzu,
80:Tao ‘is’ before words
and before deeds ~ Lao Tzu,
81:that of the mind is in abysmal stillness; ~ Lao Tzu,
82:The further one goes, the less one knows. ~ Lao Tzu,
83:The more you knowThe less you understand. ~ Lao Tzu,
84:This is called 'the Mysterious Agreement. ~ Lao Tzu,
85:To those who are good (to me), I am good; ~ Lao Tzu,
86:What all men fear is indeed to be feared; ~ Lao Tzu,
87:Your inner being guard, and keep it free. ~ Lao Tzu,
88:Be who you really areand go the whole way. ~ Lao Tzu,
89:Heaven's net is wide, but its mesh is fine ~ Lao Tzu,
90:Its outer fringe is all that we shall see. ~ Lao Tzu,
91:Muddy water, left to stand, becomes clear. ~ Lao Tzu,
92:Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity. ~ Lao Tzu,
93:The way of heaven is to help and not harm. ~ Lao Tzu,
94:To find peace is to fulfill one's destiny. ~ Lao Tzu,
95:To see things in the seed, that is genius. ~ Lao Tzu,
96:"When turmoil rules, go in." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
97:Because of a great love, one is courageous. ~ Lao Tzu,
98:from wonder into wonder
existence opens ~ Lao Tzu,
99:Used gently, and without the touch of pain. ~ Lao Tzu,
100:What is firmly rooted cannot be pulled out. ~ Lao Tzu,
101:Heaven aids and protects Through compassion. ~ Lao Tzu,
102:Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself. ~ Lao Tzu,
103:That which is meddling, touching everything, ~ Lao Tzu,
104:Will work but ill, and disappointment bring. ~ Lao Tzu,
105:"Be who you really are and go the whole way." ~ Lao Tzu,
106:Hence (its way) is near to (that of) the Tao. ~ Lao Tzu,
107:Misery!—happiness is to be found by its side! ~ Lao Tzu,
108:no fault greater than the wish to be getting. ~ Lao Tzu,
109:(So), he who displays himself does not shine; ~ Lao Tzu,
110:Some lose yet gain, others gain and yet lose. ~ Lao Tzu,
111:"The more you know, the less you understand." ~ Lao Tzu,
112:The simple child again, free from all stains. ~ Lao Tzu,
113:He who acts, spoils; he who grasps, lets slip. ~ Lao Tzu,
114:Perfection is the willingness to be imperfect. ~ Lao Tzu,
115:To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go ~ Lao Tzu,
116:Be simply yourself and don't compare or compete ~ Lao Tzu,
117:Be truly whole and all things will come to you. ~ Lao Tzu,
118:if you want to know me, look inside your heart. ~ Lao Tzu,
119:I let go of religion, and people become serene. ~ Lao Tzu,
120:Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. ~ Lao Tzu,
121:The highest excellence is like (that of) water. ~ Lao Tzu,
122:The Tao, considered as unchanging, has no name. ~ Lao Tzu,
123:To recognize your insignificance is empowering. ~ Lao Tzu,
124:As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it. ~ Lao Tzu,
125:"By letting go it all gets done." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching|,
126:Its gate, from which at first they issued forth, ~ Lao Tzu,
127:O nome não é o mesmo que Aquilo que foi nomeado. ~ Lao Tzu,
128:The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. ~ Lao Tzu,
129:Boasting of wealth and virtue brings your demise. ~ Lao Tzu,
130:Existence is beyond the power of words to define. ~ Lao Tzu,
131:Heaven is long-enduring and earth continues long. ~ Lao Tzu,
132:If you become whole, everything will come to you. ~ Lao Tzu,
133:If you want to become full,Let yourself be empty. ~ Lao Tzu,
134:In the next age they loved them and praised them. ~ Lao Tzu,
135:"Knowing how to yield is strength." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
136:"Music in the soul can be heard by the universe." ~ Lao Tzu,
137:The way does not get closer by searching farther. ~ Lao Tzu,
138:This is how they are able to continue and endure. ~ Lao Tzu,
139:When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone. ~ Lao Tzu,
140:When there is no desire, all things are at peace. ~ Lao Tzu,
141:he who asserts his own views is not distinguished; ~ Lao Tzu,
142:If a man is bad, do not abandon him. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
143:If you want to become full, let yourself be empty. ~ Lao Tzu,
144:La liberación del deseo conduce a la paz interior. ~ Lao Tzu,
145:When I let go what I am, I become what I might be. ~ Lao Tzu,
146:Who acts in stillness finds stillness in his life. ~ Lao Tzu,
147:Bir insanın ne kadar tabusu varsa o kadar mutsuzdur ~ Lao Tzu,
148:If you want to be come full, let yourself be empty. ~ Lao Tzu,
149:Nothingness and Beingness are merely conceptions... ~ Lao Tzu,
150:When I let go of who I am, I become who I might be. ~ Lao Tzu,
151:Emptiness appears barren
yet is infinite fullness ~ Lao Tzu,
152:Favour and disgrace would seem equally to be feared; ~ Lao Tzu,
153:Govern large countries
like you cook little fish. ~ Lao Tzu,
154:he who goes on acting with energy has a (firm) will. ~ Lao Tzu,
155:If you are untrustworthy, people will not trust you. ~ Lao Tzu,
156:it produces them and does not claim them as its own; ~ Lao Tzu,
157:Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear. ~ Lao Tzu,
158:Nature never hurries, yet everything is accomplished ~ Lao Tzu,
159:Perfect tranquillity is the way of heaven and earth. ~ Lao Tzu,
160:Take care with the end as you do with the beginning. ~ Lao Tzu,
161:There is no guilt greater than to sanction ambition; ~ Lao Tzu,
162:To understand the limitation of things, desire them. ~ Lao Tzu,
163:Un camino de mil millas comienza con un primer paso. ~ Lao Tzu,
164:When there is no desire,
all things are at peace. ~ Lao Tzu,
165:With virtue and quietness one may conquer the world. ~ Lao Tzu,
166:155. "The secret waits for eyes unclouded by longing. ~ Lao Tzu,
167:Be still
Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity ~ Lao Tzu,
168:Gentle flexibility
is the way of the humble master ~ Lao Tzu,
169:Ist eine Lehre zur Satzung erstarrt, hat sie geendet. ~ Lao Tzu,
170:Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment ~ Lao Tzu,
171:The one who detaches and sees from afar sees clearly. ~ Lao Tzu,
172:The soft overcomes the hard; and the weak the strong. ~ Lao Tzu,
173:The wise person leads by remaining in the background. ~ Lao Tzu,
174:When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. ~ Lao Tzu,
175:Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing. ~ Lao Tzu,
176:Do not shine like jade, instead be humble like a rock. ~ Lao Tzu,
177:el tao que puede ser expresado no es el verdadero tao. ~ Lao Tzu,
178:I am like an idiot, my mind is so empty. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
179:Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~ Lao Tzu,
180:Nature does not hurry,yet everything is accomplished.^ ~ Lao Tzu,
181:New Beginnings are often disguised as painful endings. ~ Lao Tzu,
182:Ruling a large kingdom is like cooking a small fish... ~ Lao Tzu,
183:The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know. ~ Lao Tzu,
184:To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders. ~ Lao Tzu,
185:When you accept yourself, the whole world accepts you. ~ Lao Tzu,
186:"Without leaving my house, I know the whole universe." ~ Lao-Tzu,
187:Care about people's view and you will be their prisoner ~ Lao Tzu,
188:from self-assertion, and therefore he is distinguished; ~ Lao Tzu,
189:gave their (right) names to things without seeing them; ~ Lao Tzu,
190:He is free from self- display, and therefore he shines; ~ Lao Tzu,
191:Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it. ~ Lao Tzu,
192:Mold clay into a bowl. The empty space makes it useful. ~ Lao Tzu,
193:Practice not-doing and everything will fall into place. ~ Lao Tzu,
194:Si demasiada Energía es usada, le sigue el agotamiento. ~ Lao Tzu,
195:Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere. ~ Lao Tzu,
196:When I let go of what I am
I become what I might be. ~ Lao Tzu,
197:When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises. ~ Lao Tzu,
198:A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu,
199:Akıllı adam yarışmaz, böylece kimse ona karşı kazanamaz. ~ Lao Tzu,
200:Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity. ~ Lao Tzu,
201:He who speaks does not know; he who knows does not speak ~ Lao Tzu,
202:Libérate de la influencia de las opiniones de los demás. ~ Lao Tzu,
203:"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." ~ Lao Tzu,
204:Possessing rare treasures brings about harmful behavior. ~ Lao Tzu,
205:Simplicity without a name Is free from all external aim. ~ Lao Tzu,
206:The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long. ~ Lao Tzu,
207:When I let go of what I am
I become what i might be. ~ Lao Tzu,
208:A skilful (commander) strikes a decisive blow, and stops. ~ Lao Tzu,
209:¿Cuál es la verdadera esencia de lo que revelan mis ojos? ~ Lao Tzu,
210:He who knows does not speak; he who speaks does not know. ~ Lao Tzu,
211:Know that you don't know. That is superior. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
212:One who speaks does not know One who knows does not speak ~ Lao Tzu,
213:O sucesso e a desgraça vêm sempre acompanhados pelo medo. ~ Lao Tzu,
214:"The further one goes, the less one knows." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
215:Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know. ~ Lao Tzu,
216:Those who speak do not know. Those who know do not speak. ~ Lao Tzu,
217:To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. ~ Lao Tzu,
218:Whoever knows what is enough Will be happy with his fate. ~ Lao Tzu,
219:Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding ~ Lao Tzu,
220:Figure out the rhythm of life and live in harmony with it. ~ Lao Tzu,
221:he who is (ever ready to) speak about it does not know it. ~ Lao Tzu,
222:Peaceful tranquility – this is the right way in the world. ~ Lao Tzu,
223:The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu,
224:There is no calamity greater than lightly engaging in war. ~ Lao Tzu,
225:The sage shuns excess, shuns grandiosity, shuns arrogance. ~ Lao Tzu,
226:Those who know do not talk.
Those who talk do not know. ~ Lao Tzu,
227:"To see things in the seed, that is genius." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
228:Constant action overcomes cold; being still overcomes heat. ~ Lao Tzu,
229:he who is self-conceited has no superiority allowed to him. ~ Lao Tzu,
230:He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know. ~ Lao Tzu,
231:He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough. ~ Lao Tzu,
232:he who vaunts himself does not find his merit acknowledged; ~ Lao Tzu,
233:Knowing others is Wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment ~ Lao Tzu,
234:no calamity greater than to be discontented with one's lot; ~ Lao Tzu,
235:No te empeñes en forzar las cosas, lo que es tuyo irá a ti. ~ Lao Tzu,
236:One who is good at calculating does not use counting chips. ~ Lao Tzu,
237:Our enemies are not demons, but human beings like ourselves ~ Lao Tzu,
238:Quien valora lo que tiene y se conforma, es un hombre rico. ~ Lao Tzu,
239:Therefore the sages got their knowledge without travelling; ~ Lao Tzu,
240:The road you can talk about is not the road you can walk on ~ Lao Tzu,
241:Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force. ~ Lao Tzu,
242:With few there is attainment. With much there is confusion. ~ Lao Tzu,
243:Empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace. ~ Lao Tzu,
244:from self-boasting, and therefore his merit is acknowledged; ~ Lao Tzu,
245:Good people do not quarrel. Quarrelsome people are not good. ~ Lao Tzu,
246:Highly evolved people have their own conscience as pure law. ~ Lao Tzu,
247:if I had not the body, what great calamity could come to me? ~ Lao Tzu,
248:If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind. ~ Lao Tzu,
249:Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. ~ Lao Tzu,
250:"The more you know, the less you understand." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching|,
251:Those who speak do not know.
Those who know do not speak. ~ Lao Tzu,
252:When there is not enough faith, there is lack of good faith. ~ Lao Tzu,
253:But I have three precious things which I prize and hold fast. ~ Lao Tzu,
254:from self-complacency, and therefore he acquires superiority. ~ Lao Tzu,
255:Go to the people. Live with them, learn from them, love them. ~ Lao Tzu,
256:If you want to know me, look inside your heart. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
257:If you want to lead them you must place yourself behind them. ~ Lao Tzu,
258:In the next they feared them; in the next they despised them. ~ Lao Tzu,
259:Klar sieht, wer von ferne sieht, nebelhaft, wer Anteil nimmt. ~ Lao Tzu,
260:This is what is called 'The mysterious Quality' (of the Tao). ~ Lao Tzu,
261:Because she competes with no one, no one can compete with her. ~ Lao Tzu,
262:It produces them and makes no claim to the possession of them; ~ Lao Tzu,
263:kuwajua wengine ni hekima, kujijua mwenyewe ni maarifa makubwa ~ Lao Tzu,
264:Purity and stillness give the correct law to all under heaven. ~ Lao Tzu,
265:There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent. ~ Lao Tzu,
266:The space between Heaven and Earth---is it not like a bellows? ~ Lao Tzu,
267:Cuando me despojo de lo que soy, me torno en lo que podría ser. ~ Lao Tzu,
268:Give evil nothing to oppose
and it will disappear by itself. ~ Lao Tzu,
269:it brings them to maturity and exercises no control over them;— ~ Lao Tzu,
270:Knowing others is intelligent. Knowing yourself is enlightened. ~ Lao Tzu,
271:Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself
is Enlightenment. ~ Lao Tzu,
272:Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. ~ Lao Tzu,
273:Misery and fortune share a trust.
Happiness hides in misery. ~ Lao Tzu,
274:Having to live on, one knows better than to value life too much. ~ Lao Tzu,
275:Its upper part is not bright, and its lower part is not obscure. ~ Lao Tzu,
276:Jade is praised as precious,
but its strength is being stone. ~ Lao Tzu,
277:Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. ~ Lao Tzu,
278:Knowing others is Wisdom,
Knowing yourself is Enlightenment. ~ Lao Tzu,
279:Passing on, it becomes remote. Having become remote, it returns. ~ Lao Tzu,
280:"Success is as dangerous as failure. Hope is as hollow as fear." ~ Lao Tzu,
281:The farther that one goes out (from himself), the less he knows. ~ Lao Tzu,
282:Wasting energy to obtain rare objects only impedes one's growth. ~ Lao Tzu,
283:A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. ~ Lao Tzu,
284:El Tao del cielo es quitar al que le sobra y dar al que le falta. ~ Lao Tzu,
285:He who knows othersis clever; He whoknows himself is enlightened. ~ Lao Tzu,
286:He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened. ~ Lao Tzu,
287:In not wanting is stillness. In stillness all under heaven rests. ~ Lao Tzu,
288:Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness. ~ Lao Tzu,
289:Success is as dangerous as failure.
Hope is as hollow as fear. ~ Lao Tzu,
290:that difficulty and ease produce the one (the idea of) the other; ~ Lao Tzu,
291:The more people have weapons, the more the state is in confusion. ~ Lao Tzu,
292:The more prohibitions you have, the less virtuous people will be. ~ Lao Tzu,
293:The skilful traveller leaves no traces of his wheels or footsteps ~ Lao Tzu,
294:The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth. ~ Lao Tzu,
295:We look at it, and we do not see it, and we name it 'the Equable. ~ Lao Tzu,
296:When you are at one with loss, the loss is experienced willingly. ~ Lao Tzu,
297:A good traveler leaves no tracks. Good speech lacks fault-finding. ~ Lao Tzu,
298:A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. ~ Lao Tzu,
299:¿Cómo puedo entonces conocer el mundo? Porque lo veo por mí mismo. ~ Lao Tzu,
300:He who possesses virtue in abundance may be compared to an infant. ~ Lao Tzu,
301:Let your workings remain a mystery. Just show people your results. ~ Lao Tzu,
302:"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." ~ Lao Tzu #EarthDay,
303:Only when the state is in disorder is there a need for patriotism. ~ Lao Tzu,
304:The skilful traveller leaves no traces of his wheels or footsteps; ~ Lao Tzu,
305:The wise wear plain clothes
and keeps their gems out of sight. ~ Lao Tzu,
306:unpretentious like wood that has not been fashioned into anything; ~ Lao Tzu,
307:What others fear becomes our wilderness of fear. O, it is endless! ~ Lao Tzu,
308:When I let go of what I am,I become what I might be. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
309:Gravity is the root of lightness; stillness, the ruler of movement. ~ Lao Tzu,
310:If you are always busy doing something, you cannot enjoy the world. ~ Lao Tzu,
311:Let movement go on, and the condition of rest will gradually arise. ~ Lao Tzu,
312:Mastering others is strength. Mastering oneself makes you fearless. ~ Lao Tzu,
313:The excellence of a residence is in (the suitability of) the place; ~ Lao Tzu,
314:The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name. ~ Lao Tzu,
315:"The Tao is always present within you." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Ch. 6 #Tao 道,
316:Those who know don't tell.
Those who tell don't know.
from 56 ~ Lao Tzu,
317:When the people have many weapons, the nation grows more benighted. ~ Lao Tzu,
318:When there is this abstinence from action, good order is universal. ~ Lao Tzu,
319:"Abandon knowledge and your worries are over." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Ch. 19,
320:“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu,
321:A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
   ~ Lao Tzu,
322:He is strong who conquers others He who conquers himself is mighty.- ~ Lao Tzu,
323:He who knows others is wise;
He who knows himself is enlightened. ~ Lao Tzu,
324:He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire. ~ Lao Tzu,
325:May not the space between heaven and earth be compared to a bellows? ~ Lao Tzu,
326:Opinion is the barren flower of the Way, the beginning of ignorance. ~ Lao Tzu,
327:ruin. To do good, work well, and lie low is the way of the blessing. ~ Lao Tzu,
328:The ruler attains wholeness in the correct governance of the people. ~ Lao Tzu,
329:"To die but not to perish is to be eternally present." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
330:When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you. ~ Lao Tzu,
331:Your life is a piece of clay; don't let anyone else mold it for you. ~ Lao Tzu,
332:Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world. ~ Lao Tzu,
333:If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place. ~ Lao Tzu,
334:If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. ~ Lao Tzu,
335:Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." - Lao Tzu ~ Leo Babauta,
336:Shrinking looked they like those who wade through a stream in winter; ~ Lao Tzu,
337:The Tao that can be described is not the enduring and unchanging Tao. ~ Lao Tzu,
338:Two names emerge from a single origin and both are called mysterious. ~ Lao Tzu,
339:Un buen viajero no tiene planes fijos y no tiene intención de llegar. ~ Lao Tzu,
340:All you grasp will be thrown away. All you hoard will be utterly lost. ~ Lao Tzu,
341:A man should love others as himself and also their parents as his own. ~ Lao Tzu,
342:He who conquers other has force; he who conquers himself has strength. ~ Lao Tzu,
343:If you give evil nothing to oppose, then virtue will return by itself. ~ Lao Tzu,
344:Knowing others is wisdom. Knowing yourself is Enlightenment. - Lao-Tzu ~ The RZA,
345:La “clarividencia”, es el adorno del Tao, y el inicio de la estupidez. ~ Lao Tzu,
346:One who is too insistent on his own views finds few to agree with him. ~ Lao Tzu,
347:"Simplicity, patience, compassion. These are your greatest treasures." ~ Lao Tzu,
348:The kingdom is a spirit-like thing, and cannot be got by active doing. ~ Lao Tzu,
349:We listen to it, and we do not hear it, and we name it 'the Inaudible. ~ Lao Tzu,
350:"When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you." ~ Lao Tzu,
351:Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it. ~ Lao Tzu,
352:"Great fullness seems empty, yet it cannot be exhausted." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
353:He who conquers others is strong;
He who conquers himself is mighty. ~ Lao Tzu,
354:He who knows others is clever, but he who knows himself is enlightened. ~ Lao Tzu,
355:He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire.
   ~ Lao Tzu,
356:If you do not value rare treasures, you will stop others from stealing. ~ Lao Tzu,
357:I know hereby what advantage belongs to doing nothing (with a purpose). ~ Lao Tzu,
358:Is it not through her selflessness that she is able to perfect herself? ~ Lao Tzu,
359:Not seeking, not expecting, she is present, and can welcome all things. ~ Lao Tzu,
360:Onde quer que se encontrem grandiosos exércitos, a colheita será pobre. ~ Lao Tzu,
361:Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know. —LAO TZU ~ Ryan Holiday,
362:To know that there are some things
you cannot know
is wisdom. ~ Lao Tzu,
363:When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” —Lao Tzu ~ Timothy Ferriss,
364:Because he does not strive, no one finds it possible to strive with him. ~ Lao Tzu,
365:For the sage
Heaven and Earth join
in bestowing the greatest gifts ~ Lao Tzu,
366:Just remain in the center; watching. And then forget that you are there. ~ Lao Tzu,
367:Love the world as your own Self; then you can truly care for all things. ~ Lao Tzu,
368:Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it ~ Lao Tzu,
369:Respeta tu propia visión interior y confía en tus pensamientos naturales ~ Lao Tzu,
370:(Then) appeared wisdom and shrewdness, and there ensued great hypocrisy. ~ Lao Tzu,
371:Therefore all in the world delight to exalt him and do not weary of him. ~ Lao Tzu,
372:the skilful speaker says nothing that can be found fault with or blamed; ~ Lao Tzu,
373:The wise person acts but does not take credit. Leads, but does not rule. ~ Lao Tzu,
374:When gold and jade fill the hall, their possessor cannot keep them safe. ~ Lao Tzu,
375:With no desire, at rest and still, All things go right as of their will. ~ Lao Tzu,
376:Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. ~ Lao Tzu,
377:If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. ~ Lao Tzu,
378:Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides. ~ Lao Tzu,
379:Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it. ~ Lao Tzu,
380:The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world. ~ Lao Tzu,
381:Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
382:Those who know, don’t tell.
Those who tell, don’t know. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
383:When there is silence one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself ~ Lao Tzu,
384:Wild winds never last all morning
and fierce rains never last all day. ~ Lao Tzu,
385:"Everything is a gift." ~ David Steindl-Rast,Jesus and Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings,
386:Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. ~ Lao Tzu,
387:Someone who is too insistent in his own views finds few to agree with him. ~ Lao Tzu,
388:The effects of simplicity are profound indeed,
deep and far reaching. ~ Lao Tzu,
389:The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ​— ​Lao Tzu ~ Penny Reid,
390:There are some things which it is a gain to lose,
and a loss to gain. ~ Lao Tzu,
391:"The sage shuns excess, shuns grandiosity, shuns arrogance." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
392:The ten thousand things rise and fall while the self watches their return. ~ Lao Tzu,
393:Truly good people are not aware of their goodness, And are therefore good. ~ Lao Tzu,
394:We try to grasp it, and do not get hold of it, and we name it 'the Subtle. ~ Lao Tzu,
395:When The Best Leader's Work Is Done, The People Say, 'We Did It Ourselves! ~ Lao Tzu,
396:When wealth and honours lead to arrogancy, this brings its evil on itself. ~ Lao Tzu,
397:When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. ~ Lao Tzu,
398:By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. ~ Lao Tzu,
399:If you want to lead them you must place yourself behind them. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
400:Quien conoce a los otros es sabio; quien se conoce a sí mismo es iluminado. ~ Lao Tzu,
401:The great Tao (or way) is very level and easy; but people love the by-ways. ~ Lao Tzu,
402:The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Watch your step. ~ Lao Tzu,
403:This is a subtle insight: the flexible overcomes the strong and unyielding. ~ Lao Tzu,
404:We meet it and do not see its Front; we follow it, and do not see its Back. ~ Lao Tzu,
405:when he is going to despoil another, he will first have made gifts to him:— ~ Lao Tzu,
406:He assists in developing people but he does not presume ownership over them. ~ Lao Tzu,
407:He who has little can only gain, but gain too much and the way will be lost. ~ Lao Tzu,
408:Very few are aware of the highest. Then comes that which they know and love, ~ Lao Tzu,
409:What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly. ~ Lao Tzu,
410:When its work is accomplished, it does not claim the name of having done it. ~ Lao Tzu,
411:Who thinks his great achievements poor
Shall find his vigour long endure. ~ Lao Tzu,
412:Amidst the worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings. ~ Lao Tzu,
413:Hence the sage puts away excessive effort, extravagance, and easy indulgence. ~ Lao Tzu,
414:Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires. ~ Lao Tzu,
415:"The Tao does not show greatness,and is therefore truly great." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
416:Abstaining from speech marks him who is obeying the spontaneity of his nature. ~ Lao Tzu,
417:He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty" - Lao-tsu ~ Lao Tzu,
418:He whose (desires) are few gets them; he whose (desires) are many goes astray. ~ Lao Tzu,
419:If a country is governed with repression, the people are depressed and crafty. ~ Lao Tzu,
420:If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence. ~ Lao Tzu,
421:The Tao is divine.
The Tao is the Eternal.
Death is not to be feared. ~ Lao Tzu,
422:The Tao is like a well:used but never used up.It is hidden but always present. ~ Lao Tzu,
423:A raiz da grandeza é a humildade. O que é elevado se fundamenta no que é baixo. ~ Lao Tzu,
424:Bring out the best in yourself,
and you will bring out the best in others. ~ Lao Tzu,
425:Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? ~ Lao Tzu,
426:He who would so win it destroys it; he who would hold it in his grasp loses it. ~ Lao Tzu,
427:If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence. ~ Lao Tzu,
428:The difficulty in governing the people arises from their having much knowledge. ~ Lao Tzu,
429:The wise have no mind of their own, finding it in the minds of ordinary people. ~ Lao Tzu,
430:To know non-knowing is optimal
to imagine one knows
is affliction of mind ~ Lao Tzu,
431:A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.^ ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
432:A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live. ~ Lao Tzu,
433:Hyvällä matkailijalla ei ole pysyviä suunnitelmia eikä hän yritä päästä perille. ~ Lao Tzu,
434:If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it. ~ Lao Tzu,
435:If you try to cut wood like a master carpenter,
you will only hurt your hand. ~ Lao Tzu,
436:In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
437:Must you value what others value,
avoid what others avoid?
How ridiculous! ~ Lao Tzu,
438:"The truth is not always beautiful,nor beautiful words the truth." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
439:Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge ~ Lao Tzu,
440:A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” Lao Tzu ~ Helena Hunting,
441:"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
442:Where the Mystery is the deepest is the gate of all that is subtle and wonderful. ~ Lao Tzu,
443:“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.” ~ Lao Tzu,
444:"A tree as wide as a man's embrace grows from a tiny shoot." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Ch. 64,
445:En el centro de tu ser tienes la respuesta; sabes quién eres y sabes qué quieres”. ~ Lao Tzu,
446:Having arrived at this point of non-action, there is nothing which he does not do. ~ Lao Tzu,
447:he who devotes himself to the Tao (seeks) from day to day to diminish (his doing). ~ Lao Tzu,
448:I will be fond of keeping still, and the people will of themselves become correct. ~ Lao Tzu,
449:There is
a time to live
and a time to die
but never to reject the moment. ~ Lao Tzu,
450:"A multitude of words is tiresome, unlike remaining centered." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Ch. 5,
451:Countless words
count less
than the silent balance
between yin and yang ~ Lao Tzu,
452:Do not conquer the world with force,for force only causes resistance. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
453:He does not dare (by continuing his operations) to assert and complete his mastery. ~ Lao Tzu,
454:If you overcome others you are powerful.If you overcome yourself you have strength. ~ Lao Tzu,
455:If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. ~ Lao Tzu,
456:In the highest antiquity, (the people) did not know that there were (their rulers). ~ Lao Tzu,
457:it carries them through their processes and does not vaunt its ability in doing so; ~ Lao Tzu,
458:"It was Lao-tzu who declared that those who justify themselves do not convince." ~ Alan Watts,
459:Therefore the sufficiency of contentment is an enduring and unchanging sufficiency. ~ Lao Tzu,
460:The sage, while clad in homespun, conceals on his person a priceless piece of jade. ~ Lao Tzu,
461:To attain knowledge, add things everyday.To attain wisdom, remove things every day. ~ Lao Tzu,
462:What is a good man but a bad man's teacher. What is a bad man but a good man's job. ~ Lao Tzu,
463:For all things difficult to acquire, the intelligent man works with perseverance.
   ~ Lao Tzu,
464:I let go of all desire for the common good, and the good becomes as common as grass. ~ Lao Tzu,
465:To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day. ~ Lao Tzu,
466:When pure sincerity forms within, it is outwardly realized in other people's hearts. ~ Lao Tzu,
467:When the people are too foolish to recognize danger,
disaster will surely come. ~ Lao Tzu,
468:A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu#SoulNestingChat @SoulNesting,
469:Calm and repose are what he prizes; victory (by force of arms) is to him undesirable. ~ Lao Tzu,
470:How could a decent person ever rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men ~ Lao Tzu,
471:I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any. ~ Lao Tzu,
472:It is better to leave a vessel unfilled, than to attempt to carry it when it is full. ~ Lao Tzu,
473:Loving someone gives you courage; being loved back gives you strength. -Lao Tzu ~ Brandon Shire,
474:The sage has no invariable mind of his own; he makes the mind of the people his mind. ~ Lao Tzu,
475:If lightning is the anger of the gods, then the gods are concerned mostly about trees. ~ Lao Tzu,
476:If the people must be ever fearful of death, then there will always be an executioner. ~ Lao Tzu,
477:Just remain in the center; watching. And then forget that you are there. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
478:Manifest plainness,
Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,
Have few desires. ~ Lao Tzu,
479:Must you value what others value,avoid what others avoid?How ridiculous! ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
480:New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings ~ Tammara Webber Lao Tzu. ~ Tammara Webber,
481:O Caminho Perfeito é plano e fácil de trilhar, mas as pessoas preferem as vias tortas. ~ Lao Tzu,
482:People are mysterious entities – try to take hold of them and you will only lose them. ~ Lao Tzu,
483:Ser Valiente pero Prudente: Normativa necesaria para alcanzar la Armonía con el Cosmos ~ Lao Tzu,
484:Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to. ~ Lao Tzu,
485:Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to. ~ Lao Tzu,
486:We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want. ~ Lao Tzu,
487:Tell me and I'll listen,
Show me and I'll watch
Let me experience and I'll learn ~ Lao Tzu,
488:The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be. ~ Lao Tzu,
489:The Tao can't be perceived. Smaller than an electron, it contains uncountable galaxies. ~ Lao Tzu,
490:When a person puts on a show, trying to appear great, their mediocrity is soon exposed. ~ Lao Tzu,
491:"Without opening your door,you can open your heart to the world." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Ch. 47,
492:Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.^ ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
493:Conocer y no saberlo, ésta es la perfección. No conocer y creer saberlo, éste es el mal. ~ Lao Tzu,
494:If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
495:Men resort to him, and receive no hurt, but (find) rest, peace, and the feeling of ease. ~ Lao Tzu,
496:Nature does not hurry, yet
everything is accomplished. —Lao Tzu (571–531 BC) ~ Maya Thiagarajan,
497:"Not seeking, not expecting, she is present, and can welcome all things." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching|,
498:Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
499:So it is that existence and non-existence give birth the one to (the idea of) the other; ~ Lao Tzu,
500:The biggest problem in the world could have been solved when it was small. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
501:The partial becomes complete; the crooked, straight; the empty, full; the worn out, new. ~ Lao Tzu,
502:The wise do not appear great among others;
and so they reveal their true greatness. ~ Lao Tzu,
503:Those who do not lose their base endure. Those who die but do not perish have longevity. ~ Lao Tzu,
504:We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds
whatever we want. ~ Lao Tzu,
505:When Heaven wants to protect someone does it send an army? No, it protects him with love ~ Lao Tzu,
506:He who defends with love will be secure; Heaven will save him, and protect him with love. ~ Lao Tzu,
507:Matter is necessary to give form,
but the value of reality lies in its immateriality ~ Lao Tzu,
508:that (the ideas of) height and lowness arise from the contrast of the one with the other; ~ Lao Tzu,
509:All things under heaven sprang from It as existing (and named); that existence sprang from ~ Lao Tzu,
510:Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens. ~ Lao Tzu,
511:Če hočeš imeti znanje, vsak dan dodaj kaj. Če te mika postati moder, vsak dan kaj odvzemi. ~ Lao Tzu,
512:Contentment alone is enough Indeed, the bliss of eternity can be found in your contentment ~ Lao Tzu,
513:He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. ~ Lao Tzu,
514:Therefore a wise prince, marching the whole day, does not go far from his baggage waggons. ~ Lao Tzu,
515:To become learned, each day add something. To become enlightened, each day drop something. ~ Lao Tzu,
516:Un árbol enorme crece de un tierno retoño. Un camino de mil pasos comienza en un solo paso ~ Lao Tzu,
517:"Without the Tao, kindness and compassion are replaced by law and justice." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching|,
518:Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. ~ Lao Tzu,
519:Of every ten three are ministers of life (to themselves); and three are ministers of death. ~ Lao Tzu,
520:Seeing our own smallness is called insight, honoring our own tenderness is called strenght. ~ Lao Tzu,
521:The best of all leaders is the one who helps people so that eventually they don’t need him. ~ Lao Tzu,
522:The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days. ~ Lao Tzu,
523:The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things. ~ Lao Tzu,
524:Those who know others are intelligent;
those who understand themselves are enlightened. ~ Lao Tzu,
525:To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage. ~ Lao Tzu,
526:An integral being knows without going, sees without looking, and accomplishes without doing. ~ Lao Tzu,
527:Clay is fashioned into vessels; but it is on their empty hollowness, that their use depends. ~ Lao Tzu,
528:He who stands on tiptoe doesn't stand firm.He who rushes ahead doesn't go far. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
529:Hold your ground and you will last long.
Die without perishing and your life will endure. ~ Lao Tzu,
530:So the unwanting soul sees what’s hidden, and the ever-wanting soul sees only what it wants. ~ Lao Tzu,
531:The people suffer from famine because of the multitude of taxes consumed by their superiors. ~ Lao Tzu,
532:The work is done, but how no one can see;
'Tis this that makes the power not cease to be. ~ Lao Tzu,
533:Those who dare risk death have courage;
but those who death cannot destroy are immortal. ~ Lao Tzu,
534:Too much thinking causes confusion and anxiety
better to stick with the simplicity of Tao ~ Lao Tzu,
535:Anyone who doesn’t respect a teacher or cherish a student may be clever, but has gone astray. ~ Lao Tzu,
536:Is it not because he has no personal and private ends, that therefore such ends are realised? ~ Lao Tzu,
537:It is only by this moderation that there is effected an early return (to man's normal state). ~ Lao Tzu,
538:the skilful closer needs no bolts or bars, while to open what he has shut will be impossible; ~ Lao Tzu,
539:El hombre corriente, cuando emprende una cosa, la echa a perder por tener prisa en terminarla. ~ Lao Tzu,
540:"No one can see their reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see." ~ Lao Tzu,
541:Only those who do not use life as a reason for artificialities are intelligently valuing life. ~ Lao Tzu,
542:Scholars of the highest class, when they hear about the Tao, earnestly carry it into practice. ~ Lao Tzu,
543:"There was something that finished chaos, born before Heaven and Earth." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Ch. 25,
544:The Way of Life According to Lao Tzu, the Tao Te Ching as translated by Witter Bynner. ~ Timothy Ferriss,
545:The wise humble themselves—
and because of their humility,
they are worthy of praise. ~ Lao Tzu,
546:The wise recognize the limits of their knowledge;
the foolish think they know everything. ~ Lao Tzu,
547:aquele que teve de comandar a matança de milhares de homens deve chorar por eles com maior dor. ~ Lao Tzu,
548:Not extreme perfection,
but purity and clarity are the targets
at which we should aim. ~ Lao Tzu,
549:O Tao imaginou o Um, o Um exalou o Dois, o Dois é pai do Três e o Três, pai de todas as coisas. ~ Lao Tzu,
550:¿Qué hombre que tiene de sobra le daría sus riquezas al mundo? Sólo el hombre que posee al Tao. ~ Lao Tzu,
551:The sage gives more than he takes;
how can he do this?
because he has the richness of Tao ~ Lao Tzu,
552:...when the job is done, the task accomplished, the people will say: We have done it ourselves. ~ Lao Tzu,
553:56. "Manifest plainness and embrace the genuine; lessen self-interest and make few your desires. ~ Lao Tzu,
554:A great nation is like a great man...He thinks of his enemy as the shadow that he himself casts. ~ Lao Tzu,
555:A violent wind does not last for a whole morning; a sudden rain does not last for the whole day. ~ Lao Tzu,
556:Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~ Lao Tzu,
557:Everything that lives has a physical body,
but the value of a life is measured by the soul. ~ Lao Tzu,
558:Look, and it can't be seen.
Listen, and it can't be heard.
Reach, and it can't be grasped. ~ Lao Tzu,
559:When two great forces oppose each other, the victory will go to the one that knows how to yield. ~ Lao Tzu,
560:At the Center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. ~ Lao Tzu,
561:If I had just a little bit of wisdom I should walk the great path and fear only straying from it. ~ Lao Tzu,
562:If you care too much about what other people think, you will always be their prisoner. Lao Tzu ~ Avan Jogia,
563:Sometimes you must yield in order to win, and sometimes maintaining a low place leads you to win. ~ Lao Tzu,
564:The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself. ~ Lao Tzu,
565:The violent and strong do not die their natural death. I will make this the basis of my teaching. ~ Lao Tzu,
566:True mastery can be gained by letting things go their own way. It cannot be gained by interfering ~ Lao Tzu,
567:What calamity is greater than no contentment,
and what flaw greater than the passion for gain. ~ Lao Tzu,
568:How can one know the eternal origin?
By letting go of ideas
and allowing it to reveal itself ~ Lao Tzu,
569:If you keep feeling a point that has been sharpened, the point cannot long preserve its sharpness. ~ Lao Tzu,
570:Lo duro y lo rígido son propiedades de la muerte. Lo blando y flexible son propiedades de la vida. ~ Lao Tzu,
571:The hard and mighty lie beneath the ground
While the tender and weak dance on the breeze above. ~ Lao Tzu,
572:The path into the light seems dark, the path forward seems to go back, the direct path seems long. ~ Lao Tzu,
573:To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.
   ~ Lao Tzu,
574:Too many words cause exhaustion
[In the mind or from the mouth]
Better to abide in stillness ~ Lao Tzu,
575:True words are not fancy. Fancy words are not true. The good do not debate. Debaters are not good. ~ Lao Tzu,
576:When men lost their understanding of the Tao, intelligence came along, bringing hypocrisy with it. ~ Lao Tzu,
577:When well-matched armies come to conflict,
the one that is aware of its own weakness conquers. ~ Lao Tzu,
578:free from desire, you realize the mystery
caught in the desire, you see only the manifestations. ~ Lao Tzu,
579:Giving birth without possessing,
animating without subjecting,
fostering without dominating. ~ Lao Tzu,
580:He who stands on his tiptoes does not stand firm; he who stretches his legs does not walk (easily). ~ Lao Tzu,
581:If the force of arms is considered the only means of authority, it is not an auspicious instrument. ~ Lao Tzu,
582:not to prize articles which are difficult to procure is the way to keep them from becoming thieves; ~ Lao Tzu,
583:the skilful binder uses no strings or knots, while to unloose what he has bound will be impossible. ~ Lao Tzu,
584:to know the raw silk, hold the uncut wood. Need little, want less. Forget the rules. Be untroubled. ~ Lao Tzu,
585:When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you. ~ Lao Tzu,
586:74. "If you know when to stop, you'll suffer no harm. And in this way you can last a very long time. ~ Lao Tzu,
587:Conocer el propio mal es liberarse del mal. El sabio no tiene mal; porque lo reconoce, no lo padece. ~ Lao Tzu,
588:Heaven’s Tao is impartial,
yet those who follow its compassionate way
will always be nourished ~ Lao Tzu,
589:The moral man does something,
and when no one responds
he rolls up his sleeves and uses force. ~ Lao Tzu,
590:Therefore the place of what is firm and strong is below, and that of what is soft and weak is above. ~ Lao Tzu,
591:The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal name. ~ Lao Tzu,
592:(To illustrate from) the case of all females:—the female always overcomes the male by her stillness. ~ Lao Tzu,
593:"A multitude of words is tiresome, unlike remaining centered." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Ch. 5|silence stillness,
594:not to show them what is likely to excite their desires is the way to keep their minds from disorder. ~ Lao Tzu,
595:So the unwanting soul
sees what's hidden,
and the ever-wanting soul
sees only what it wants. ~ Lao Tzu,
596:The reality of the building does not consist of the roof and walls, but the space within to be lived. ~ Lao Tzu,
597:Yesterday’s aches, pains and problems are not a burden here and now unless you brought them with you. ~ Lao Tzu,
598:Darum: Wer LEBEN hat,
hält sich an seine Pflicht,
wer kein LEBEN hat,
hält sich an sein Recht ~ Lao Tzu,
599:In the end,
The treasure of life is missed by those who hold on
and gained by those who let go. ~ Lao Tzu,
600:Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.”
“The words of truth are always paradoxical. ~ Lao Tzu,
601:Something can be beautiful, if something else is ugly.
Someone can be good, if someone else is bad. ~ Lao Tzu,
602:The Master is her own physician.
She has healed herself of all knowing.
Thus she is truly whole. ~ Lao Tzu,
603:The people starve because those in authority over them devour too many taxes; that is why they starve. ~ Lao Tzu,
604:I have three things to teach:simplicity, patience and compassion.These three are the greatesttreasures. ~ Lao Tzu,
605:@SoulNesting “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu #SoulNestingChat (A4),
606:The great Way is easy,
yet people prefer the side paths.
Be aware when things are out of balance. ~ Lao Tzu,
607:The highest virtue is to act without a sense of self.The highest kindness is to give without condition. ~ Lao Tzu,
608:Therefore the sage holds in his embrace the one thing (of humility), and manifests it to all the world. ~ Lao Tzu,
609:The Sage sees the world
as an expansion of his own self
So what need has he to accumulate things? ~ Lao Tzu,
610:When people define superiorinferior is created When people identify good its opposite comes into being. ~ Lao Tzu,
611:“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” ~ Lao Tzu,
612:(Its) admirable words can purchase honour; (its) admirable deeds can raise their performer above others. ~ Lao Tzu,
613:Let your mind wander in the pure and simple. Be one with the infinite. Let all things take their course. ~ Lao Tzu,
614:There is no disaster greater than not being content; There is no misfortune greater than being covetous. ~ Lao Tzu,
615:When he has cleansed away the most mysterious sights (of his imagination), he can become without a flaw. ~ Lao Tzu,
616:When the Great Tao (Way or Method) ceased to be observed, benevolence and righteousness came into vogue. ~ Lao Tzu,
617:"I alone am different from the others, because I am nourished by the great mother." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Ch. 20,
618:Let go of rousing speech
and identification with thoughts
Until your end
you will never be jaded ~ Lao Tzu,
619:Si tu donnes un poisson à un homme, il mangera un jour. Si tu lui apprends à pêcher, il mangera toujours. ~ Lao Tzu,
620:The ancients were subtle, mysterious, profound, responsive. The depth of their knowledge is unfathomable. ~ Lao Tzu,
621:The difficult problems in life always start off being simple. Great affairs always start off being small. ~ Lao Tzu,
622:"The Tao of heaven is like the bending of a bow.The high is lowered and the low is raised." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
623:To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; not to realize that you do not understand is a defect. ~ Lao Tzu,
624:When the intelligent and animal souls are held together in one embrace, they can be kept from separating. ~ Lao Tzu,
625:When things are murky, quiet down, and they will gradually clear. Proceed, and momentum gradually builds. ~ Lao Tzu,
626:At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want. ~ Lao Tzu,
627:Conquering others takes force. Conquering yourself is true strength.
Knowing what is enough is wealth. ~ Lao Tzu,
628:He who defines himself can't know who he really is.
He who has power over others can't empower himself. ~ Lao Tzu,
629:If we could renounce our sageness and discard our wisdom, it would be better for the people a hundredfold. ~ Lao Tzu,
630:It is because he is thus free from striving that therefore no one in the world is able to strive with him. ~ Lao Tzu,
631:It is unnatural to walk on tiptoe.
Try to elevate yourself above others,
and you will soon fall. ~ Lao Tzu,
632:Nichts auf der Welt ist so weich und nachgiebig wie das Wasser. Und doch bezwingt es das Harte und Starke. ~ Lao Tzu,
633:Obscure as muddied water. But, with stillness, muddy waters clear. Can you also act while remaining still? ~ Lao Tzu,
634:People who are good
I treat well.
People who are not good
I also treat well.

- Chapter 49 ~ Lao Tzu,
635:So it is that some things are increased by being diminished, and others are diminished by being increased. ~ Lao Tzu,
636:The master dwells in the substantial and not in the superficial. Rests in the fruit and not in the flower. ~ Lao Tzu,
637:To know that unchanging rule is to be intelligent; not to know it leads to wild movements and evil issues. ~ Lao Tzu,
638:"Too much success is not an advantage.Do not tinkle like jade or clatter like stone chimes." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
639:When you are content to be simply yourself
and don't compare or compete,
everybody will respect you. ~ Lao Tzu,
640:At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. Lao Tzu ~ Meg Cabot,
641:Creating without claiming. Doing without taking credit. Guiding without interfering. This is primal virtue. ~ Lao Tzu,
642:Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. ~ Lao Tzu,
643:Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found. ~ Lao Tzu,
644:Good music, the Chinese held, insures peace and uprightness; bad music leads to lewdness and social decline. ~ Lao Tzu,
645:Not to value and employ men of superior ability is the way to keep the people from rivalry among themselves; ~ Lao Tzu,
646:The first is gentleness; the second is economy; and the third is shrinking from taking precedence of others. ~ Lao Tzu,
647:The five colors make man's eyes blind, the five notes make his ears deaf, the five tastes injure his palate. ~ Lao Tzu,
648:The people are difficult to govern because of the (excessive) agency of their superiors (in governing them). ~ Lao Tzu,
649:The people make light of dying because of the greatness of their labours in seeking for the means of living. ~ Lao Tzu,
650:The sage has in the world an appearance of indecision, and keeps his mind in a state of indifference to all. ~ Lao Tzu,
651:they all know the skill of the skilful, and in doing this they have (the idea of) what the want of skill is. ~ Lao Tzu,
652:To know that you do not know is the best.To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
653:Your own positive future begins in this moment. All you have is right now. Every goal is possible from here. ~ Lao Tzu,
654:Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. —LAO TZU ~ Susan Wiggs,
655:I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. ~ Lao Tzu,
656:Love is of all the passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses. ~ Lao Tzu,
657:Possessed of the Tao, he endures long; and to the end of his bodily life, is exempt from all danger of decay. ~ Lao Tzu,
658:The grace of Tao
and divine nature (Te)
are not ordered
but eternal spontaneous
action of the One ~ Lao Tzu,
659:The (method of) correction shall by a turn become distortion, and the good in it shall by a turn become evil. ~ Lao Tzu,
660:Therefore a sage has said, 'I will do nothing (of purpose), and the people will be transformed of themselves; ~ Lao Tzu,
661:Therefore the sage seeks to satisfy (the craving of) the belly, and not the (insatiable longing of the) eyes. ~ Lao Tzu,
662:All in the world know the beauty of the beautiful, and in doing this they have (the idea of) what ugliness is; ~ Lao Tzu,
663:The slaying of multitudes should be mourned with sorrow. A victory should be celebrated with the funeral rite. ~ Lao Tzu,
664:To be in favor or disgrace
is to live in fear.
To take the body seriously
is to admit one can suffer. ~ Lao Tzu,
665:"To know that you do not know is the best.To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
666:Big trees grow from sprouts, tall buildings rise from mounds of earth; the loftiest heights start at your feet. ~ Lao Tzu,
667:In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired. In pursuit of wisdom, every day something is dropped. ~ Lao Tzu,
668:Kindness in words creates confidence.Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.Kindness in giving creates love. ~ Lao Tzu,
669:Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
670:Si das pescado a un hombre hambriento, le nutres una jornada. Si le enseñas a pescar, le nutrirás toda la vida. ~ Lao Tzu,
671:There are few in the world who attain to the teaching without words, and the advantage arising from non-action. ~ Lao Tzu,
672:The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others,
the more he has for his own. ~ Lao Tzu,
673:Thirty spokes
Share one hub.
Make the nothing therein appropriate, and you will have the use of the cart. ~ Lao Tzu,
674:To have without possessing,do without claiming,lead without controlling:this is mysterious power. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
675:He who acts (with an ulterior purpose) does harm; he who takes hold of a thing (in the same way) loses his hold. ~ Lao Tzu,
676:If you want to be noble, it is rooted in humility; If you want to be elevated, it is based on lowering yourself. ~ Lao Tzu,
677:In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired. In pursuit of wisdom, every day something is dropped. ~ Lao Tzu,
678:Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching (I recommend the Red Pine translation), and started swimming from there. Excellent ~ Michael Finkel,
679:"Less and less is done until non-action is achieved.When nothing is done, nothing is left undone." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
680:To speak little is natural. Therefore a gale does not blow a whole morning nor does a downpour last a whole day. ~ Lao Tzu,
681:Action should be taken before a thing has made its appearance; order should be secured before disorder has begun. ~ Lao Tzu,
682:As coisas recebem sua forma de acordo com sua natureza e se completam conforme as circunstâncias de sua condição. ~ Lao Tzu,
683:Even the best weapon is an unhappy tool, hateful to living things. So the follower of the Way stays away from it. ~ Lao Tzu,
684:"Guard your senses. Temper your sharpness. Mask your brightness. Be at one with the earth. This is primal union." ~ Lao Tzu,
685:Humanity is the child of earth;
Earth is the child of the universe;
The universe is the child of the Tao. ~ Lao Tzu,
686:Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ~ Lao Tzu,
687:Material and infinite are inseparable
Appreciating their interconnectedness
is the gateway to understanding ~ Lao Tzu,
688:The Chinese mystic Lao-tzu rightly taught: “He who knows, tells it not; he who tells, knows it not. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda,
689:Therefore the sage, while he never does what is great, is able on that account to accomplish the greatest things. ~ Lao Tzu,
690:When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready... The teacher will Disappear. ~ Lao Tzu,
691:When the work is done, and one's name is becoming distinguished, to withdraw into obscurity is the way of Heaven. ~ Lao Tzu,
692:"All things, including the grass and trees, are soft and pliable in life; dry and brittle in death." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
693:And when (one with the highest excellence) does not wrangle (about his low position), no one finds fault with him. ~ Lao Tzu,
694:Fishes should not be taken from the deep; instruments for the profit of a state should not be shown to the people. ~ Lao Tzu,
695:From this community of feeling comes a kingliness of character; and he who is king-like goes on to be heaven-like. ~ Lao Tzu,
696:He who gains a victory over other men is strong; but he who gains a victory over himself is all powerful. - Lao-Tzu ~ #Truth,
697:He will strike the blow, but will be on his guard against being vain or boastful or arrogant in consequence of it. ~ Lao Tzu,
698:Therefore the sage manages affairs without doing anything, and conveys his instructions without the use of speech. ~ Lao Tzu,
699:The Wise Man is square but not sharp, honest but not not malign, straight but not severe, bright but not dazzling. ~ Lao Tzu,
700:When beauty is defined, illusions of non-beauty manifest
When goodness is identified, badness becomes an option ~ Lao Tzu,
701:Although he may have brilliant prospects to look at, he quietly remains (in his proper place), indifferent to them. ~ Lao Tzu,
702:It is through their not being full of themselves that they can afford to seem worn and not appear new and complete. ~ Lao Tzu,
703:"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." ~ Lao Tzu,
704:"Movement overcomes cold; stillness overcomes heat. Stillness and tranquility set things in order in the universe." ~ Lao Tzu,
705:When things (in the vegetable world) have displayed their luxuriant growth, we see each of them return to its root. ~ Lao Tzu,
706:For to be over-developed is to hasten decay, and this is against Tao, and what is against Tao will soon cease to be. ~ Lao Tzu,
707:If we could renounce our benevolence and discard our righteousness, the people would again become filial and kindly. ~ Lao Tzu,
708:Pon en desuso la sagacidad y la búsqueda del beneficio y el robo y la estafa dejarán de tener lugar entre los tuyos. ~ Lao Tzu,
709:The (state of) vacancy should be brought to the utmost degree, and that of stillness guarded with unwearying vigour. ~ Lao Tzu,
710:The wise consider themselves “orphaned,” “widowed,” and “worthless.” Their humility is the source of their strength. ~ Lao Tzu,
711:"What is malleable is always superior to that which is immovable.This is mastery through adaptation." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching|,
712:Why is the sea king of a hundred streams? Because it lies below them. Therefore it is the king of a hundred streams. ~ Lao Tzu,
713:A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. LaoTzu. Just make sure that you step in the right direction. ~ Lao Tzu,
714:Care about people´s approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back, the only path to serenity. ~ Lao Tzu,
715:Let life ripen and then fall. Will is not the way at all.”—Lao Tzu, from The Way of Life According to Lao Tzu ~ Timothy Ferriss,
716:the more implements to add to their profit that the people have, the greater disorder is there in the state and clan; ~ Lao Tzu,
717:The reason why the universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself; it gives life to others as it transforms. ~ Lao Tzu,
718:There is no greater misfortune than not knowing what is enough. There is no greater fault than the desire to possess. ~ Lao Tzu,
719:The sages do not act from (any wish to be) benevolent; they deal with the people as the dogs of grass are dealt with. ~ Lao Tzu,
720:The Tao is (like) the emptiness of a vessel; and in our employment of it we must be on our guard against all fulness. ~ Lao Tzu,
721:Earth is a divine organism
it cannot be successfully manipulated
Who attempts manipulation will encounter defeat ~ Lao Tzu,
722:He who knows (the Tao) does not (care to) speak (about it); he who is (ever ready to) speak about it does not know it. ~ Lao Tzu,
723:He who (tries to) govern a state by his wisdom is a scourge to it; while he who does not (try to) do so is a blessing. ~ Lao Tzu,
724:Lao Tzu

"The key to growth is the introduction
of higher dimensions of consciousness
into our awareness. ~ Lao Tzu,
725:The wise, while valuing themselves,
do not overestimate themselves.
They reject flattery and gain true merit. ~ Lao Tzu,
726:The world’s most difficult affairs
begin in easiness.
The world’s greatest affairs
always begin in the small. ~ Lao Tzu,
727:Thus it was that when faith (in the Tao) was deficient (in the rulers) a want of faith in them ensued (in the people). ~ Lao Tzu,
728:Aquél que obtiene una victoria sobre otro hombre es fuerte, pero quien obtiene una victoria sobre sí mismo es poderoso. ~ Lao Tzu,
729:Stop trying to leave, and you shall arrive; stop seeking, and you shall see; stop running away, and you shall be found. ~ Lao Tzu,
730:Their work was done and their undertakings were successful, while the people all said, 'We are as we are, of ourselves! ~ Lao Tzu,
731:If we could renounce our artful contrivances and discard our (scheming for) gain, there would be no thieves nor robbers. ~ Lao Tzu,
732:If you don’t stand sincere by your words
how sincere can the people be?
Take great care over words, treasure them. ~ Lao Tzu,
733:"It is the child that sees the primordial secret of Nature and it is the child of ourselves we return to." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
734:The thirty spokes unite in the one nave; but it is on the empty space (for the axle), that the use of the wheel depends. ~ Lao Tzu,
735:To know and yet (think) we do not know is the highest (attainment); not to know (and yet think) we do know is a disease. ~ Lao Tzu,
736:"If too much energy is used,exhaustion follows.This is not the way of Tao.Whatever is contrary to Taowill not last long." ~ Lao Tzu,
737:Respond to anger with virtue. Deal with difficulties while they are still easy. Handle the great while it is still small. ~ Lao Tzu,
738:Habla solo lo necesario, Controla tus emociones, Simplifica los problemas, Deshazte de la confusión, Atenúa tu resplandor, ~ Lao Tzu,
739:If any one should wish to get the kingdom for himself, and to effect this by what he does, I see that he will not succeed. ~ Lao Tzu,
740:If you search everywhere, yet cannot find what you are seeking, it is because what you seek is already in your possession. ~ Lao Tzu,
741:If you follow the Tao,
you will understand where to stop.
Knowing where to stop,
you will be free from danger. ~ Lao Tzu,
742:Quien conoce su ignorancia revela la más profunda sabiduría.
Quien ignora su ignorancia vive en la más profunda ilusión. ~ Lao Tzu,
743:Stand before it and there is no beginning. Follow it and there is no end. Stay with the ancient Tao, Move with the present. ~ Lao Tzu,
744:Therefore, what has a (positive) existence serves for profitable adaptation, and what has not that for (actual) usefulness. ~ Lao Tzu,
745:To want to rule the world is to want to pamper this body. When you don’t prize this body, you don’t want to rule the world. ~ Lao Tzu,
746:Become totally empty
Quiet the restlessness of the mind
Only then will you witness everything unfolding from emptiness ~ Lao Tzu,
747:el sabio es recto pero no tajante, es anguloso pero no hiriente, es firme pero no insolente, es iluminado pero no encandila. ~ Lao Tzu,
748:Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle. ~ Lao Tzu,
749:Empty ur mind of all thoughtsLet ur heart be at peace Each separate being in DUniverse ...returning to the source is serenity ~ Lao Tzu,
750:Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. —LAO TZU ~ Robyn Carr,
751: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,
752: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,
753:Why is the sea king of a hundred streams?
Because it lies below them.
This is why the sea is king of a hundred streams. ~ Lao Tzu,
754:A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, they will say, 'we did it ourselves.' ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
755:Taoism is the way of water. The most frequent element or symbol refered to in Lao Tzu's wrtings is the symbol of water. ~ Frederick Lenz,
756:This honouring of the Tao and exalting of its operation is not the result of any ordination, but always a spontaneous tribute. ~ Lao Tzu,
757:To Know others is perceptive,
to know yourself is wise.
To conquer others is forceful,
to conquer yourself is strong. ~ Lao Tzu,
758:Water is fluid, soft & yielding but water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield ... what is soft is strong. ~ Lao Tzu,
759:With these three qualities, it cannot be made the subject of description; and hence we blend them together and obtain The One. ~ Lao Tzu,
760:A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Lao Tzu. "Just try to make sure that you step in the right direction. ~ Lao Tzu,
761:The man who is content with what he has
is not in danger of loss.
The man who knows when to stop
is free to go on. ~ Lao Tzu,
762:To give birth, to nourish, to bear and not to own, to act and not lay claim, to lead and not to rule: this is mysterious power. ~ Lao Tzu,
763: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,
764:"Blunt the sharpness,untangle the knot,soften the glare,merge with dust.Hidden deep but ever present.This is Tao." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
765:Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. ~ Lao Tzu,
766:Ordinary men hate solitude. But the master makes use of it,embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe. ~ Lao Tzu,
767:"Water is fluid, soft & yielding but water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield ... what is soft is strong." ~ Lao Tzu,
768:Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe. ~ Lao Tzu,
769:Thus it is that the Great man abides by what is solid, and eschews what is flimsy; dwells with the fruit and not with the flower. ~ Lao Tzu,
770:262."Be square but do not cut; be sharp but do not stab; be straight forward but do not unrestrained; be bright but do not dazzle. ~ Lao Tzu,
771: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 winning. ~ Lao Tzu,
772: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,
773:Nature does not play favourites, it regards its creations without sentimentality. Therefore the wise person also acts in this way. ~ Lao Tzu,
774:in the pursuit of knowledge:
everyday something is added.
in the pursuit of enlightenment:
everyday something is dropped. ~ Lao Tzu,
775:Simplicity has no name is free of desires. Being free of desires it is tranquil. And the world will be at peace of it's own accord. ~ Lao Tzu,
776:The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
Through this I know the advantage of taking no action. ~ Lao Tzu,
777:A person who prematurely believes that they comprehend the Tao sees only its external luster, and this is the beginning of delusion. ~ Lao Tzu,
778:"Best be still; best be empty.In stillness and emptinesswe find where to abide.Talking and moving we lose the place." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching|,
779:Colors blind the eye
Sounds deafen the ear.
Flavors numb the taste.
Thoughts weaken the mind.
Desires wither the heart. ~ Lao Tzu,
780:For regulating the human (in our constitution) and rendering the (proper) service to the heavenly, there is nothing like moderation. ~ Lao Tzu,
781:If you don’t stand sincere by your words
how sincere can the people be?
Take great care over words, treasure them.

1.17 ~ Lao Tzu,
782:Kind prince there is nothing in the realm of ideas that is absolute, therefore all efforts to form ideologies are ultimately futile. ~ Lao Tzu,
783:The door and windows are cut out (from the walls) to form an apartment; but it is on the empty space (within), that its use depends. ~ Lao Tzu,
784:The wise ruler treats the good with goodness;
and treats the not-so-good with goodness, too—
for goodness is its own reward. ~ Lao Tzu,
785:With a wall all around
A clay bowl is moulded;
But the use of the bowl
Will depend on the part
Of the bowl that is void. ~ Lao Tzu,
786:A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. A good artist lets their intuition take them wherever it wants to. ~ Lao Tzu,
787:And whether a man dispassionately
Sees to the core of life
Or passionately
Sees the surface
They are essentially the same ~ Lao Tzu,
788:Do the difficult things while theyReasy&do Dgreat things while they Rsmall.A journey of aThousandMilesMustBegin with aSingleStep. ~ Lao Tzu,
789:Do you imagine the universe is agitated? Go into the desert at night and look at the stars. This practice should answer the question. ~ Lao Tzu,
790:El valor del osado le conduce a la muerte. El valor del prudente le conserva la vida. Uno es el perjudicado y el otro el beneficiado. ~ Lao Tzu,
791:Let him keep his mouth closed, and shut up the portals (of his nostrils), and all his life he will be exempt from laborious exertion. ~ Lao Tzu,
792:The ancients were subtle, mysterious, profound, responsive. The depth of their knowledge is unfathomable. Because it is unfathomable, ~ Lao Tzu,
793:He who, being a man, remains a woman, becomes a universal channel. Eternal virtue will flow through him. He will become a child again. ~ Lao Tzu,
794:Let him keep his mouth open, and (spend his breath) in the promotion of his affairs, and all his life there will be no safety for him. ~ Lao Tzu,
795:"The reason why the universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself; it gives life to others as it transforms." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching|,
796:They put others first,
and so become great. They are not focused on outcomes or achievements;
therefore they always succeed. ~ Lao Tzu,
797:Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains & earth. This shows clearly Dprinciple of softness overcoming hardness. ~ Lao Tzu,
798:Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains&earth.This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness. ~ Lao Tzu,
799:Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth.This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness. ~ Lao Tzu,
800:Aquele que viu o brilho da glória, e não esqueceu dos desgraçados, se torna como um grande vale por onde fluem todas as águas do mundo. ~ Lao Tzu,
801:"In the pursuit of knowledge:everyday something is added.in the pursuit of enlightenment:everyday something is dropped." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching|,
802:Por eso, el sabio hace su trabajo sin acumular nada por él, realiza su obra sin apropiarse de ella, y no se vanagloria de su sabiduría. ~ Lao Tzu,
803: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. ~ Lao Tzu,
804:Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people's approval
and you will be their prisoner. ~ Lao Tzu,
805:The wise attend to the inner truth of things
and are not fooled by outward appearances.
They ignore matter and seek the spirit. ~ Lao Tzu,
806:Favour and disgrace would seem equally to be feared; honour and great calamity, to be regarded as personal conditions (of the same kind). ~ Lao Tzu,
807: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,
808:"The function of mind is response. The function of life is adaptation;Forests are adaptations of seeds, and seeds of dust." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
809:The master observes the world but trusts his inner vision. He allows things to come and go. He prefers what is within to what is without. ~ Lao Tzu,
810:The primary quality that Lao Tzu seems to emobdy is humility, which is the image of water - seeking the common level of existence. ~ Frederick Lenz,
811:With those who are kind
the sage is kind
With those who are not kind
the sage is also kind
because the way of Tao is kindness ~ Lao Tzu,
812:A MODEL FOR OTHERS A tree that is well-planted is not easily uprooted.
A treasure that is well-guarded
is not easily taken away. ~ Lao Tzu,
813:Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy. ~ Lao Tzu,
814:Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power. ~ Lao Tzu,
815:Porque cree en sí mismo,
no intenta convencer a otros.
Porque está conforme
consigo mismo,
no necesita la aprobación de otros. ~ Lao Tzu,
816:Simplicity without a name
Is free from all external aim.
With no desire, at rest and still,
All things go right as of their will. ~ Lao Tzu,
817:The master leads
by emptying people's minds
and filling their cores,
by weakening their ambition
and toughening their resolve. ~ Lao Tzu,
818:The perception of what is small is (the secret of clear- sightedness; the guarding of what is soft and tender is (the secret of) strength. ~ Lao Tzu,
819:Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of
softness overcoming hardness. ~ Lao Tzu,
820:When one gives undivided attention to the (vital) breath, and brings it to the utmost degree of pliancy, he can become as a (tender) babe. ~ Lao Tzu,
821:When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad. ~ Lao Tzu,
822:206. "Let nature take its course. By letting each thing act in accordance with its own nature, everything that needs to be done gets done." ~ Lao Tzu,
823:Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize nothing is lacking,
the whole world belongs to you. ~ Lao Tzu,
824:Heaven and earth do not act from (the impulse of) any wish to be benevolent; they deal with all things as the dogs of grass are dealt with. ~ Lao Tzu,
825:Live in a good place. Keep your mind deep. Treat others well. Stand by your word. Make fair rules. Do the right thing. Work when it's time. ~ Lao Tzu,
826:There is no calamity greater than lavish desires.There is no greater guilt than discontentment.And there is no greater disaster than greed. ~ Lao Tzu,
827:Truth is revealed to the one who detaches himself from the world, not tempted by anything in it and not distracted by any of its phenomena. ~ Lao Tzu,
828:Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing. ~ Lao Tzu,
829:An ocean of ink in a single drop,
Trembling at the tip of my brush.
Poised above stark white paper,
A universe waits for existence. ~ Lao Tzu,
830:a skillful soldier is not violent, an able fighter does not rage, a mighty conqueror does not give battle, a great commander is a humble man ~ Lao Tzu,
831:The Tao is hidden, and has no name; but it is the Tao which is skilful at imparting (to all things what they need) and making them complete. ~ Lao Tzu,
832:When it once has that name, (men) can know to rest in it. When they know to rest in it, they can be free from all risk of failure and error. ~ Lao Tzu,
833:A sage traveling all day
is never far from the supplies in his cart,
and however spectacular the views
he remains calm and composed. ~ Lao Tzu,
834:If you want to govern the people,
You must place yourself below them.
If you want to lead people,
You must learn how to follow them. ~ Lao Tzu,
835:I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize.The first is gentleness;the second is frugality;the third is humility. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
836:There is no greater illusion than fear,
no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself,
no greater misfortune than having an enemy. ~ Lao Tzu,
837:To avoid disappointment, know what is sufficient. To avoid trouble, know when to stop. If you are able to do this, you will last a long time. ~ Lao Tzu,
838:People usually fail when they are on the verge of success. So give as much care to the end as to the beginning; Then there will be no failure. ~ Lao Tzu,
839:You render the small vast and few many,
use integrity to repay hatred,
see the complexity in simplicity,
find the vast in the minute. ~ Lao Tzu,
840:The giant tree starts out as the tiniest shoot, the tallest tower starts out as a single brick, the longest journey starts with the first step. ~ Lao Tzu,
841:What makes me liable to great calamity is my having the body (which I call myself); if I had not the body, what great calamity could come to me? ~ Lao Tzu,
842: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. ~ Lao Tzu,
843:The more laws and restrictions there are,
The poorer people become.
...
The more rules and regulations,
The more thieves and robbers. ~ Lao Tzu,
844:Therefore the sage knows (these things) of himself, but does not parade (his knowledge); loves, but does not (appear to set a) value on, himself. ~ Lao Tzu,
845:To know others is wisdom;
To know yourself is enlightenment;
To master others requires force;
To master yourself requires true strength. ~ Lao Tzu,
846:Quien conoce a su pueblo es aplicado. Quien se conoce a sí mismo es sabio. Quien domina al otro es fuerte. Quien se domina a sí mismo es poderoso. ~ Lao Tzu,
847:The inner is foundation of the outer
The still is master of the restless

The Sage travels all day
yet never leaves his inner treasure ~ Lao Tzu,
848:Therefore the sage, in the exercise of his government, empties their minds, fills their bellies, weakens their wills, and strengthens their bones. ~ Lao Tzu,
849:Therefore the wise are sharp but not cutting,
Pointed but not piercing,
Straightforward but not unrestrained,
Brilliant but not blinding. ~ Lao Tzu,
850:"When there is silence one finds the anchor of the universe is within oneself." ~ Lao Tzu#Silence #Universe #Consciousness #UniversalConsciousness #Oneness,
851: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. ~ Lao Tzu,
852:If the one did not honour his master, and the other did not rejoice in his helper, an (observer), though intelligent, might greatly err about them. ~ Lao Tzu,
853:The masters were said to be profound
because they show the greatest wisdom
when comfortable
in Life’s mysterious
and unknown depths ~ Lao Tzu,
854:The Tao is by nature immaterial,
yet all the world calls it great.
It is because the Tao does not put on appearances
that it is great. ~ Lao Tzu,
855:Man takes his law from the Earth; the Earth takes its law from Heaven; Heaven takes it law from the Tao. The law of the Tao is its being what it is. ~ Lao Tzu,
856:Rather than act like the lord of the manor,
I would rather behave like a guest.
Rather than advance an inch,
I would rather retreat a foot. ~ Lao Tzu,
857:The softest thing in the world dashes against and overcomes the hardest; that which has no (substantial) existence enters where there is no crevice. ~ Lao Tzu,
858:Understanding the ordinary: Mind opens.
Mind opening leads to compassion, Compassion to nobility, Nobility to heavenliness, Heavenliness to TAO. ~ Lao Tzu,
859:With those who are sincere
the sage is sincere
With those who are insincere
the sage is also sincere
because the way of Tao is sincerity ~ Lao Tzu,
860:Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles
and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving
till the right action emerges by itself? ~ Lao Tzu,
861:One who understands others has knowledge; one who understands himself has wisdom. Mastering others requires force; mastering the self needs strength. ~ Lao Tzu,
862:The Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu once said that being loved deeply by someone gives you strength, and loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~ Nicholas Sparks,
863: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,
864:(Those who) possessed in a lower degree those attributes (sought how) not to lose them, and therefore they did not possess them (in fullest measure). ~ Lao Tzu,
865:Thus it is that dignity finds its (firm) root in its (previous) meanness, and what is lofty finds its stability in the lowness (from which it rises). ~ Lao Tzu,
866:Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu,
867:Acepta poco y serás más, inclínate y serás recto, vacíate y quedarás lleno, desciende y ascenderás, desea lo necesario y conseguirás lo imprescindible. ~ Lao Tzu,
868:If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. ~ Lao Tzu,
869:If you are depressed, you are living in the past; if you are anxious, you are living in the future; if you are at peace, you are living in the present. ~ Lao Tzu,
870:I have three treasures To maintain and conserve: The first is compassion. The second is frugality. The third is not presuming To be first under heaven. ~ Lao Tzu,
871:In this way though he has his place above them, men do not feel his weight, nor though he has his place before them, do they feel it an injury to them. ~ Lao Tzu,
872:Laozi was an ancient Chinese philosopher. According to Chinese tradition, Laozi lived in the 6th century BC, however many historians contend that Laozi ~ Lao Tzu,
873:The tree too thick to embrace
emerges from a seedling.
A nine-storey tower rises from a brick.
A thousand-mile journey begins under your feet. ~ Lao Tzu,
874:(Those who) possessed in highest degree the attributes (of the Tao) did not (seek) to show them, and therefore they possessed them (in fullest measure) ~ Lao Tzu,
875:To consider this desirable would be to delight in the slaughter of men; and he who delights in the slaughter of men cannot get his will in the kingdom. ~ Lao Tzu,
876:Yet mystery and imagination arise from the same source. This source is called darkness ... Darkness within darkness, the gateway to all understanding. ~ Lao Tzu,
877:Do you have the patience to wait
Till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
Till the right action arises by itself? ~ Lao Tzu,
878:If you are depressed, you are living in the past; if you are anxious, you are living in the present; if you are at peace, you are living in the present. ~ Lao Tzu,
879: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,
880:(Those who) possessed in highest degree the attributes (of the Tao) did not (seek) to show them, and therefore they possessed them (in fullest measure). ~ Lao Tzu,
881:Always without desire we must be found, If its deep mystery we would sound; But if desire always within us be, Its outer fringe is all that we shall see. ~ Lao Tzu,
882:All difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they were easy, and all great things from one in which they were small. ~ Lao Tzu,
883:All things return (to their root and disappear), and do not know that it is it which presides over their doing so;—it may be named in the greatest things. ~ Lao Tzu,
884:Misery!—happiness is to be found by its side! Happiness!
—misery lurks beneath it! Who knows what either will
come to in the end?

祸兮福所倚,福兮祸所伏 ~ Lao Tzu,
885:To know that you do not know is the best.
To think you know when you do not is a disease.
Recognizing this disease as a disease is to be free of it. ~ Lao Tzu,
886:Would a panel of the wise—Confucius, Gautama Buddha, Jesus of Nazareth, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and Socrates—conceivably approve of our current way of life? ~ William Ophuls,
887:Cut doors and windows
to make a room.
Where the room isn't,
there's room for you.

So the profit in what is
is in the use of what isn't. ~ Lao Tzu,
888:Here are the four fundamentals of true spirituality:
recognize simplicity,
cherish purity,
reduce your possessions,
diminish your desires. ~ Lao Tzu,
889:If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present. ~ Lao Tzu,
890:The excellence of water appears in its benefiting all things, and in its occupying, without striving (to the contrary), the low place which all men dislike. ~ Lao Tzu,
891:The Tao is called Great Mother: empty yet inexhaustible, it gives birth to infinite worlds. It is always present within you. You can use it any way you want. ~ Lao Tzu,
892:Comprender a los demás es sabio, comprenderse a uno mismo es estar iluminado. El que vence a los otros es fuerte, pero el que se vence a sí mismo es poderoso. ~ Lao Tzu,
893:If a country is governed with tolerance, the people are comfortable and honest. If a country is governed with repression, the people are depressed and crafty. ~ Lao Tzu,
894:This returning to their root is what we call the state of stillness; and that stillness may be called a reporting that they have fulfilled their appointed end. ~ Lao Tzu,
895:A man can achieve his own happiness only by pursuing the happiness of others, because it is only by forgetting about his own happiness that he can become happy. ~ Lao Tzu,
896:He who knows he has enough is rich. Perseverance is a sign of will power. He who stays where he is endures. To die but not to perish is to be eternally present. ~ Lao Tzu,
897:Revere the unity of all-that-is
carry out your daily activities with compassion;
if you do not limit your compassion,
you yourself will not be limited. ~ Lao Tzu,
898:Those who are wise heal themselves. The wise never fall ill because they rid themselves of the causes of illnesses. They abide in Tao. How can they be ill then? ~ Lao Tzu,
899:Those who possess moderation will endure; 
they have deep roots and strong stems. This is the secret to a long life,
and lasting insight into the Tao. ~ Lao Tzu,
900:To clarify muddy waters,
you must hold them still and let things settle.
To glimpse the secret of the Tao,
you must keep still and quiet your mind. ~ Lao Tzu,
901:With that gentleness I can be bold; with that economy I can be liberal; shrinking from taking precedence of others, I can become a vessel of the highest honour. ~ Lao Tzu,
902:Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill,
Keep sharpening your knife and it will be blunt
Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner. ~ Lao Tzu,
903:Always without desire we must be found,
If its deep mystery we would sound;
But if desire always within us be,
Its outer fringe is all that we shall see. ~ Lao Tzu,
904:He constantly (tries to) keep them without knowledge and without desire, and where there are those who have knowledge, to keep them from presuming to act (on it). ~ Lao Tzu,
905:The Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu once said that being loved deeply by someone gives you strength, and loving someone deeply gives you courage. I understand ~ Nicholas Sparks,
906:Any good person who is motivated to attain awareness of the whole truth should follow the Universal Way to calm his mind and harmonize it with all aspects of life. ~ Lao Tzu,
907:El gran gobernante pasa inadvertido por el pueblo. A éste sucede el que es amado y elogiado por el pueblo. Después, el que es temido. Y finalmente, el despreciado. ~ Lao Tzu,
908:I have to create a circle of reading for myself: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Pascal, The New Testament. This is also necessary for all people. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
909: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,
910:The way of the Tao is simple—
stop striving, defeat desire.
In the absence of striving, there is peace;
in the absence of desire, there is satisfaction. ~ Lao Tzu,
911:They cannot be moved by praise or blame;
they cannot be changed by profit or loss;
they cannot be honored or humiliated. And so the wise are truly honored. ~ Lao Tzu,
912:If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. —Lao Tzu; ~ Jen Sincero,
913:If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” —Lao Tzu ~ Megan Thomason,
914:that the musical notes and tones become harmonious through the relation of one with another; and that being before and behind give the idea of one following another. ~ Lao Tzu,
915:I have to create a circle of reading for myself: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Pascal, The New Testament. This is also necessary for all people.
   ~ Leo Tolstoy,
916:Quisiera poseer la sabiduría para poder marchar por el Gran Camino sin temor a desviarme. El Gran Camino es llano y recto, pero la gente elige los senderos tortuosos. ~ Lao Tzu,
917:The knowledge of that unchanging rule produces a (grand) capacity and forbearance, and that capacity and forbearance lead to a community (of feeling with all things). ~ Lao Tzu,
918:Trying to control the future is like trying to take the master carpenter's place. When you handle the master carpenter's tools, chances are that you'll cut your hand. ~ Lao Tzu,
919: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. ~ Gayle Forman,
920:(Those who) possessed the highest (sense of) propriety were (always seeking) to show it, and when men did not respond to it, they bared the arm and marched up to them. ~ Lao Tzu,
921:Again and again, students of the Tao
must humble themselves,
until they reach the state of non-doing. Then they will do nothing,
yet leave nothing undone. ~ Lao Tzu,
922:Failure is the foundation of success, and the means by which it is achieved. Success is the lurking-place of failure; but who can tell when the turning-point will come? ~ Lao Tzu,
923:Heaven and Earth (under its guidance) unite together and send down the sweet dew, which, without the directions of men, reaches equally everywhere as of its own accord. ~ Lao Tzu,
924:One who practices virtue and selflessness should not hold any particular idea in his mind about how to fulfill his virtue, for virtue is the very nature of one's being. ~ Lao Tzu,
925:When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. When people see some things as good, other things become bad. Being and non-being create each other. ~ Lao Tzu,
926:A tree too big to embrace
Is born from a slender shoot.
A nine-storey tower
Rises from a pile of earth.
A thousand-mile journey
Begins with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu,
927:If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” —Lao Tzu ~ Timothy Ferriss,
928:Not asserted, therefore known, Not boasted of, therefore of worth, Not contentious, so enduring. It’s because the wise do not contend, That no one can contend with them. ~ Lao Tzu,
929:For things sometimes lead and sometimes follow,
sometimes sign and sometimes storm,
sometimes strengthen and sometimes weaken,
sometimes kill and sometimes die. ~ Lao Tzu,
930: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. ~ Lao Tzu,
931:People are mysterious entities – try to take hold of them and you will only lose them. Thus, sometimes it is better to show the way, and sometimes it is better to follow. ~ Lao Tzu,
932:De wijze heeft geen onwrikbare beginselen. Hij past zich aan anderen aan.

(Free translation into English: The wise man has no firm principles. He adapts to others.) ~ Lao Tzu,
933:Life must be poetry, a song, a dance, like a flower on the roadside, blossoming for no one in particular, but spreading its fragrance in the wind, and sending it anywhere. ~ Lao Tzu,
934:The partial becomes complete; the crooked, straight; the empty, full; the worn out, new. He whose (desires) are few gets them;
he whose (desires) are many goes astray. ~ Lao Tzu,
935:It is the child that sees the primordial secret of Nature and it is the child of ourselves we return to. the child within us is simple and daring enough to live the Secret. ~ Lao Tzu,
936:Therefore the sage puts his own person last, and yet it is found in the foremost place; he treats his person as if it were foreign to him, and yet that person is preserved. ~ Lao Tzu,
937:When one knows that he is his mother's child, and proceeds to guard (the qualities of) the mother that belong to him, to the end of his life he will be free from all peril. ~ Lao Tzu,
938: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,
939:We should blunt our sharp points, and unravel the complications of things; we should attemper our brightness, and bring ourselves into agreement with the obscurity of others. ~ Lao Tzu,
940:Quand l’esprit humain, absolument arrêté, est complètement vide et calme, il est un miroir pur et net, capable de mirer l’essence ineffable et innommable du Principe lui-même. ~ Lao Tzu,
941:Those who understand others are intelligent Those who understand themselves are enlightened1 Those who overcome others have strength Those who overcome themselves are powerful ~ Lao Tzu,
942:If I were suddenly to become known, and (put into a position to) conduct (a government) according to the Great Tao, what I should be most afraid of would be a boastful display. ~ Lao Tzu,
943:If you show yourself, you will not be seen. If you affirm yourself, you will not shine. If you boast, you will have no merit. If you promote yourself, you will have no success. ~ Lao Tzu,
944:Rendre le bien pour bien et bien pour le mal, c'est la bonté efficace.
Être sincère avec ceux qui sont sincères et avec ceux qui ne le sont pas, c'est la sincérité efficace. ~ Lao Tzu,
945:Os medíocres vivem lúcidos
Somente eu aparento estar confuso
Os medíocres vivem lúcidos
Somente eu estou introspectivo
Indefinido como uma infinita noite silenciosa. ~ Lao Tzu,
946:The ancients were subtle, mysterious, profound, responsive. The depth of their knowledge is unfathomable. Because it is unfathomable, All we can do is describe their appearance. ~ Lao Tzu,
947:When people devote themselves to something
they always ruin it on the verge of success.
Finish with the same care you took in beginning
and you’ll avoid ruining things. ~ Lao Tzu,
948:Chanting is no more holy than listening to the murmur of a stream, couting prayer beads no more scared than simply breathing, religious robed no more spiritual than work clothes. ~ Lao Tzu,
949:Moved by deep love, a man is courageous.
And with frugality, a man becomes generous,
And he who does not desire to be ahead of the
world becomes the leader of the world. ~ Lao Tzu,
950: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,
951:A tree that is unbending is easily broken in a powerful storm. But not grass.” Scratching the scar at the corner of one eye he added , “Or so says some guy named Lao Tzu. ~ Kazuki Kaneshiro,
952:The tree which fills the arms grew from the tiniest sprout; the tower of nine storeys rose from a (small) heap of earth; the journey of a thousand li commenced with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu,
953:Clay is molded to make a vessel, but the utility of the vessel lies in the space where there is nothing. Thus, taking advantage of what is, we recognize the utility of what is not. ~ Lao Tzu,
954:Plan for the difficult while it is still easy. The greatest things in the world are done while still slight. So wise leaders never do big things; that’s how they achieve greatness. ~ Lao Tzu,
955:The Master stays behind; that is why she is ahead. She is detached from all things; that is why she is one with them. Because she has let go of herself, she is perfectly fulfilled. ~ Lao Tzu,
956:Where there is lack of faith, There is a lack of respect. Employ reticence, and care with words. When the work is done and the task complete The people will say: ‘It just happened. ~ Lao Tzu,
957: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. ~ Lao Tzu,
958:(So), he who has the attributes (of the Tao) regards (only) the conditions of the engagement, while he who has not those attributes regards only the conditions favourable to himself. ~ Lao Tzu,
959:The past has no power to stop you
from being present now.
Only your grievance about
the past can do that.
What is grievance?
The baggage of old
thought and emotion. ~ Lao Tzu,
960:The sage does not accumulate (for himself). The more that he expends for others, the more does he possess of his own; the more that he gives to others, the more does he have himself. ~ Lao Tzu,
961:Those who steal from others impoverish themselves;
those who give to others become rich. Those who fight do not win;
those who win do not fight. This is the way of the Tao. ~ Lao Tzu,
962:When we can lay hold of the Tao of old to direct the things of the present day, and are able to know it as it was of old in the beginning, this is called (unwinding) the clue of Tao. ~ Lao Tzu,
963:Quien conoce a los demás es inteligente. Quien se conoce a sí mismo tiene visión interna. Quien conquista a los demás tiene fuerza; quien se conquista a sí mismo es realmente poderoso. ~ Lao Tzu,
964:She who is centered in the Tao
can go where she wishes, without danger.
She perceives the universal harmony,
even amid great pain,
because she has found peace in her heart. ~ Lao Tzu,
965:To know without knowing is best.Not knowing without knowing it is sick.To be sick of sicknessis the only cure.The wise aren’t sick.They’re sick of sickness,so they’re well. ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
966:When superior people hear guidance, they carry it out diligently and ably. When mediocre people hear guidance, it seems vague and uncertain. When lesser people hear guidance, they laugh. ~ Lao Tzu,
967:Connaître les autres, c'est sagesse.
Se connaître soi-même, c'est sagesse supérieure.
Imposer sa volonté aux autres, c'est force.
Se l'imposer à soi-même, c'est force supérieure. ~ Lao Tzu,
968:Matter is necessary to give form,
but the value of reality lies in its immateriality. Everything that lives has a physical body,
but the value of a life is measured by the soul. ~ Lao Tzu,
969:There is no need to run outside for better seeing…Rather abide at the center of your being; for the more you leave it the less you learn. Search your heart and see…The way to do is to be. ~ Lao Tzu,
970:He who knows much about others may be learned, but he who understands himself is more intelligent. He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. ~ Lao Tzu,
971:If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away. Awaken him with your words, elevate him with your deeds, repay his injury with your kindness. Do not cast him away; cast away his wickedness. ~ Lao Tzu,
972:When reconciling great hatred there will some remain. How can it be made good? Therefore the wise man accepts the debit side of the account and does not have to enforce payment from others. ~ Lao Tzu,
973:Pohon yang besarnya sepelukan, tumbuh dari benih yang kecil saja.
Menara setinggi sembilan tingkat, dibangun mulai dari seonggok tanah.
Perjalanan seribu li, dimulai dari satu langkah. ~ Lao Tzu,
974:Express yourself completely. Then keep quiet. Be like the forces of nature; When it blows, there is only wind; When it rains, there is only rain; When the clouds pass, the sun shines through. ~ Lao Tzu,
975:Therefore a sage has said, 'I will do nothing (of purpose), and the people will be transformed of themselves; I will be fond of keeping still, and the people will of themselves become correct. ~ Lao Tzu,
976:All in the world think themselves great, but the great are not concerned. Indeed, only by not being concerned can they be great. If they cared about being great, they’d eventually become petty. ~ Lao Tzu,
977:If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. —Lao Tzu; ancient Chinese philosopher, ~ Jen Sincero,
978:No one can insult me, because I do not want respect.
No one can defeat me, because I have given up the idea of winning.
How can you defeat me? You can only defeat someone who wants to win. ~ Lao Tzu,
979:Not showing themselves, they shine forth. Not justifying themselves, they’re self-evident. Not praising themselves, they’re accomplished. Not competing, they have in all the world no competitor. ~ Lao Tzu,
980:What Does It Feel Like? “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” —Lao Tzu ~ Timothy Ferriss,
981:Wanting to reform the world without discovering one’s true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes. ~ Lao Tzu,
982:The gentle outlast the strong The obscure outlast the obvious Hence, a fish that ventures from deep water is soon snagged by a net A country that reveals its strength is soon conquered by an enemy ~ Lao Tzu,
983:Great power, not clinging to power, has true power. Lesser power, clinging to power, lacks true power. Great power, doing nothing, has nothing to do. Lesser power, doing nothing, has an end in view. ~ Lao Tzu,
984:Na Era do Ouro, as pessoas não estavam conscientes de seus governantes. Na Era de Prata, elas os amavam e cantavam. Na Era de Bronze, elas os temiam. E por fim, na Era do Ferro, elas os desprezavam. ~ Lao Tzu,
985:Who can (make) the muddy water (clear)? Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear. Who can secure the condition of rest? Let movement go on, and the condition of rest will gradually arise. ~ Lao Tzu,
986:Chase after money and security
And your heart will never unclench.
Care about people's approval
And you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity. ~ Lao Tzu,
987:The sage produces without possessing, acts without expectations, and accomplishes without abiding in her accomplishments. It is precisely because she does not abide in them that they never leave her. ~ Lao Tzu,
988:Do not conquer the world with force, for force only causes resistance. Thorns spring up when an army passes. Years of misery follow a great victory. Do only what needs to be done without using violence. ~ Lao Tzu,
989:Make the earth a dwelling place. Cultivate the heart and mind. Practice benevolence. Stand by your word. Govern with equity. Serve skillfully. Act in a timely way, without contentiousness, free of blame. ~ Lao Tzu,
990:Therefore the sage desires what (other men) do not desire, and does not prize things difficult to get; he learns what (other men) do not learn, and turns back to what the multitude of men have passed by. ~ Lao Tzu,
991:Bring things to life and nurture them,
But have no thoughts of possession.
Act without relying on anything;
Bring things along, but do not take charge.
This is the dark and mysterious virtue. ~ Lao Tzu,
992:Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good. He who knows has no wide learning; he who has wide learning does not know. ~ Lao Tzu,
993:Be careful what you water yourdreams with. Water them withworry and fear and you willproduce weeds that chokethe life from your dreams.Water them with optimismand solutions and you willcultivate success... ~ Lao Tzu,
994:Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her. ~ Lao Tzu,
995:Lao Tzu once said, 'Nature doesn’t hurry, yet everything is accomplished.'

A single seed planted, eventually becomes a garden in time – when things get tough, tend to the garden in your mind. ~ Jennifer Sodini,
996:Of fame or life, Which do you hold more dear?
Or life or wealth, To which would you adhere?
Keep life and lose those other things; Keep them and lose your life:-- which brings Sorrow and pain more near? ~ Lao Tzu,
997: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. ~ Lao Tzu,
998:f you don't realize the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king ~ Lao Tzu,
999:Lao Tzu does not see political power as magic. He sees rightful power as earned and wrongful power as usurped. He does not see power as virtue, but as the result of virtue. The democracies are founded on that view. ~ Lao Tzu,
1000:Too much brightness blinds the eyes. Too much sound deafens the ears. Too much flavour ruins the tongue. Chasing desires to excess turns your mind towards madness, and valuing precious things impairs good judgment. ~ Lao Tzu,
1001:In dwelling, choose modest quarters, in thinking, value stillness, in dealing with others, be kind, in choosing words, be sincere, in leading, be just, in working, be competent, in acting, choose the correct timing. ~ Lao Tzu,
1002:The great Tao is universal like a flood… All creatures depend on it, and it denies nothing to anyone. It does its work, but it makes no claims for itself. It clothes and feeds all, but it does not lord it over them. ~ Lao Tzu,
1003:Three men in ten conserve life; three men in ten pursue death. Three men also in ten desire to live, but there acts hasten their journey to the house of death. Why is this? Because of their efforts to preserve life. ~ Lao Tzu,
1004:(So), he who displays himself does not shine; he who asserts his own views is not distinguished; he who vaunts himself does not find his merit acknowledged; he who is self-conceited has no superiority allowed to him. ~ Lao Tzu,
1005:To yield is to be preserved whole. To be bent is to become straight. To be hollow is to be filled. To be tattered is to be renewed. To be in want is to possess. To have plenty is to be confused,” Lao Tzu wrote. ~ Gretel Ehrlich,
1006:Upon disaster depends good fortune;
within good fortune hides disaster.
Where will it end?
For nothing is certain;
what is correct goes astray;
what is right goes wrong.
Our confusion goes on and on. ~ Lao Tzu,
1007:He who feels punctured
Must once have been a bubble,
He who feels unarmed
Must have carried arms,
He who feels belittled
Must have been consequential,
He who feels deprived
Must have had privilege. ~ Lao Tzu,
1008: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,
1009:Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. ~ Lao Tzu,
1010: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,
1011:Learn from the people
Plan with the people
Begin with what they have
Build on what they know
Of the best leaders
When the task is accomplished
The people will remark
We have done it ourselves. ~ Lao Tzu,
1012:Or fame or life,
Which do you hold more dear?
Or life or wealth,
To which would you adhere?
Keep life and lose those other things;
Keep them and lose your life:-- which brings
Sorrow and pain more near? ~ Lao Tzu,
1013: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. ~ Lao Tzu,
1014:But I have heard that he who is skilful in managing the life entrusted to him for a time travels on the land without having to shun rhinoceros or tiger, and enters a host without having to avoid buff coat or sharp weapon. ~ Lao Tzu,
1015:many historians contend that Laozi actually lived in the 4th century BC, which was the period of Hundred Schools of Thought and Warring States Period, while others contend he was a mythical figure. Laozi was credited with ~ Lao Tzu,
1016:NOT LAO TZU!!!! Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. ~ Lao Tzu,
1017:The getting that (favour) leads to the apprehension (of losing it), and the losing it leads to the fear of (still greater calamity):—this is what is meant by saying that favour and disgrace would seem equally to be feared. ~ Lao Tzu,
1018:Gently eliminating all obstacles to his own understanding, he constantly maintains his unconditional sincerity. His humility, perseverance, and adaptability evoke the response of the universe and fill him with divine light. ~ Lao Tzu,
1019:I thought I know you,
but it was only me.
The you that you truly are
is not the you I see.
My mind has formed your image
but you have already travelled on
I want to see only you
but I see you through me ~ Lao Tzu,
1020:Therefore he who would administer the kingdom, honouring it as he honours his own person, may be employed to govern it, and he who would administer it with the love which he bears to his own person may be entrusted with it. ~ Lao Tzu,
1021:The person of superior integrity
does not insist upon his integrity.
For this reason, he has integrity.
The person of inferior integrity
never loses sight of his integrity;
For this reason, he lacks integrity. ~ Lao Tzu,
1022:They shall wear elegant and ornamented robes, carry a sharp sword at their girdle, pamper themselves in eating and drinking, and have a superabundance of property and wealth;—such (princes) may be called robbers and boasters. ~ Lao Tzu,
1023:Thus it is said:
The path into light seems dark,
the path forward seems to go back,
the direct path seems long,
true power seems weak...
the greatest love seems indifferent,
the greatest wisdom seems childish. ~ Lao Tzu,
1024:Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny. ~ Lao Tzu,
1025: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,
1026:There is nothing in the world more soft and weak than water, and yet for attacking things that are firm and strong there is nothing that can take precedence of it;—for there is nothing (so effectual) for which it can be changed. ~ Lao Tzu,
1027: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. ~ Lao Tzu,
1028:The wise humble themselves—
and because of their humility,
they are worthy of praise. They put others first,
and so become great. They are not focused on outcomes or achievements;
therefore they always succeed. ~ Lao Tzu,
1029:The World has a First Cause, which may be regarded as the Mother of the World. When one has found the Mother, one can know the Child. Knowing the Child and still keeping the Mother, to the end of his days he shall suffer no harm. ~ Lao Tzu,
1030:What’s softest in the world rushes and runs over what’s hardest in the world. The immaterial enters the impenetrable. So I know the good in not doing. The wordless teaching, the profit in not doing— not many people understand it. ~ Lao Tzu,
1031:The way that is bright seems dull. The way forward seems to lead back. The smooth way seems rough. The highest virtue seems a valley. The purest whiteness seems stained. Excessive virtue seems defective. Solid virtue seems inactive. ~ Lao Tzu,
1032:The more prohibitions and rules, The poorer people become. The sharper people's weapons, The more they riot. The more skilled their techniques, The more grotesque their works. The more elaborate the laws, The more they commit crimes. ~ Lao Tzu,
1033:A wheel may have thirty spokes,
but its usefulness lies in the empty hub. A jar is formed from clay,
but its usefulness lies in the empty center. A room is made from four walls,
but its usefulness lies in the space between. ~ Lao Tzu,
1034:It is virtuous to keep one’s obligations,
but the wise go beyond this—
they do not insist on their rights,
but forgive the debts of those who owe them. They know that the Tao will reward them
for staying out of court. ~ Lao Tzu,
1035:The earth and the stars do not take sides—
they are impartial. They regard all individuals as insignificant,
as though they were playthings made of straw. The wise are also impartial;
to them all people are equal and alike. ~ Lao Tzu,
1036:Shape clay into a vessel;
It is the space within that makes it useful.
Cut doors and windows for a room;
It is the holes which make it useful.
Therefore benefit comes from what is there;
Usefulness from what is not there. ~ Lao Tzu,
1037:The wise are not conspicuous in their actions
or given to much talking.
When troubles arise, they are not irritated. They produce, but do not hoard;
They act, but expect no praise;
They build, but do not dwell therein. ~ Lao Tzu,
1038:The strong wind cannot last the whole morning, the torrential rain cannot last all day. It is nature that causes these things, but even nature cannot cause them to go on forever. If nature cannot do this, then certainly man cannot do so. ~ Lao Tzu,
1039:He is free from self-display, and therefore he shines; from self-assertion, and therefore
he is distinguished; from self-boasting, and therefore his merit is acknowledged; from self-complacency, and therefore he acquires
superiority. ~ Lao Tzu,
1040:Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong. ~ Lao Tzu,
1041:Confucius is like the Torah, rules to follow. And Lao-Tzu is even more conservative, saying that if you do nothing you won't break any rules. You have to let tradition fall sometime, you have to take action, you have to eat bacon. ~ Christopher Moore,
1042:Shape clay into a vessel;

It is the space within that makes it useful.

Cut doors and windows for a room;

It is the holes which make it useful.

Therefore benefit comes from what is there;

Usefulness from what is not there. ~ Lao Tzu,
1043:A man is born into certain relationships and as a result has certain duties. For instance, he has a duty of loyalty to his lord, a filial duty to his parents, a duty to help his friends, and a duty of common humanity towards his fellow beings. ~ Lao Tzu,
1044:When one gives undivided attention to the (vital) breath, and brings it to the utmost degree of pliancy, he can become as a (tender) babe. When he has cleansed away the most mysterious sights (of his imagination), he can become without a flaw. ~ Lao Tzu,
1045:A man who knows how little he knows is well, a man who knows how much he knows is sick. If, when you see the symptoms, you can tell, Your cure is quick.
A sound man knows that sickness makes him sick and before he catches it his cure is quick. ~ Lao Tzu,
1046: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,
1047:Go to the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Love them. Start
with what they know. Build with what they have. But with the best
leaders, when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people will
say 'We have done this ourselves. ~ Lao Tzu,
1048:He who knows other men is discerning; he who knows himself is intelligent.
He who overcomes others is strong; he who overcomes himself is mighty.
He who is satisfied with his lot is rich; he who goes on acting with energy has a (firm) will. ~ Lao Tzu,
1049: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 at it.
Without the laugh, there is no Tao ~ Lao Tzu,
1050:Allow the heart to empty itself of all turmoil! Retrieve the utter tranquility of the mind from which you issued.

Although all forms are dynamic,and we all grow and transform,each of us is compelled to return to our root. Our root is quietude. ~ Lao Tzu,
1051:Some say that my teaching is nonsense.
Other call it lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
this nonsense makes perfect sense.
And to those who put it into practice,
this loftiness has roots that go deep. ~ Lao Tzu,
1052:Lao Tzu warned us of this when he said, “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. ~ Sean Patrick,
1053:Higher good is like water:
the good in water benefits all,
and does so without contention.
It rests where people dislike to be,
so it is close to the Way.
Good ground;
profound is the good in its heart,
Benevolent the good it bestows. ~ Lao Tzu,
1054:Lao-tzu says: "All are clear, I alone am clouded," and expresses what I feel in advanced old age. Lao-tzu is the example of a man with superior insight who at the end of his life desires to return into his own being, into the eternal unknowable meaning. ~ Carl Jung,
1055:Lao-tzu, that master of the law of reversed effort, who declared that those who justify themselves do not convince, that to know truth one must get rid of knowledge, and that nothing is more powerful and creative than emptiness—from which men shrink. ~ Alan W Watts,
1056:This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. ~ Lao Tzu,
1057:(It is the way of the Tao) to act without (thinking of) acting; to conduct affairs without (feeling the) trouble of them; to taste without discerning any flavour; to consider what is small as great, and a few as many; and to recompense injury with kindness. ~ Lao Tzu,
1058:The wise person treats the good person with goodness, he also treats the bad person with goodness – this is how you become good. The wise person gives the truthful person his trust, he also gives the untruthful his trust – this is how you become trustworthy. ~ Lao Tzu,
1059:Allow your life to unfold naturally Know that it too is a vessel of perfection Just as you breathe in and breathe out Sometimes you’re ahead and other times behind Sometimes you’re strong and other times weak Sometimes you’re with people and other times alone ~ Lao Tzu,
1060:The ego is a monkey catapulting through the jungle: fascinated by the realm of the senses it swings from one desire to the next, one conflict to the next. Let this monkey go. Let desires go. Let conflicts go. Let ideas go. Just remain in the center, watching. ~ Lao Tzu,
1061:If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation. ~ Lao Tzu,
1062:If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial. If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked. If you want to become full, let yourself be empty. If you want to be reborn, let yourself die. If you want to be given everything, give everything up. ~ Lao Tzu,
1063:No one asks you to throw Mozart out of the window. Keep Mozart. Cherish him. Keep Moses too, and Buddha and Lao Tzu and Christ. Keep them in your heart. But make room for the others, the coming ones, the ones who are already scratching on the window-panes. ~ Henry Miller,
1064:There was something undifferentiated and yet complete which existed before heaven and earth
soundless and formless, it depends on nothing and does not change.
It operates everywhere and is free from danger. It may be considered the mother of the universe. ~ Lao Tzu,
1065:Sometimes I find myself thinking, rather wistfully, about Lao Tzu's famous dictum: 'Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish.' All around me I see something very different, let us say - a number of angry dwarfs trying to grill a whale. ~ William Carlos Williams,
1066:The mind always wants to choose. The mind lives through choice. If you don't choose the mind drops. This is the way of Lao Tzu. How to drop the mind? - don't choose! That's why he never prescribes any meditation, because then there is no need for any meditation. ~ Rajneesh,
1067:Therefore the good person is the teacher of the bad person The bad person is the resource of the good person Those who do not value their teachers And do not love their resources Although intelligent, they are greatly confused5 This is called the essential wonder ~ Lao Tzu,
1068:Thirty spokes share one hub in non-being lies the use of the cart knead clay to make vessels in non-being lies the use of the vessel cut out doors and windows to make a house
therefore form being comes what is usable and from non-being comes what is essential. ~ Lao Tzu,
1069:For a house,
the good thing is level ground.
In thinking,
depth is good.
The good of giving is magnanimity;
of speaking, honesty;
of government, order.
The good of work is skill,
and of action, timing.

No competition,
so no blame. ~ Lao Tzu,
1070:The stiff and unyielding are the companions of death, while the yielding and tender are the companions of life. Therefore we see that unbending armies cannot conquer, and the strongest tree feels the axe. The mighty will fall down low, but the humble will rise up. ~ Lao Tzu,
1071:You don’t have to go out the door to know what goes on in the world. You don’t have to look out the window to see the way of heaven. The farther you go, the less you know. So the wise soul doesn’t go, but knows; doesn’t look, but sees; doesn’t do, but gets it done. ~ Lao Tzu,
1072:Through the ages, countless yogis, spiritual masters, and enlightened beings such as Gautama Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu, Mahavira, Ramakrishna, and modern mystics such as Amma, Adyashanti, Eckhart Tolle, and Sadhguru, among many others, have all spoken about Oneness. ~ Aletheia Luna,
1073:Colors blind the eye.
Sounds deafen the ear.
Flavors numb the taste.
Thoughts weaken the mind.
Desires wither the heart.

The Master observes the world
but trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky. ~ Lao Tzu,
1074:The people make light of dying because of the greatness of their labours in seeking for the means of living. It is this which makes them think light of dying. Thus it is that to leave the subject of living altogether out of view is better than to set a high value on it. ~ Lao Tzu,
1075:When the great Tao is forgotten,
goodness and piety appear.
When the body's intelligence declines,
cleverness and knowledge step forth.
When there is no peace in the family,
filial piety begins.
When the country falls into chaos,
patriotism is born. ~ Lao Tzu,
1076: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. When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. ~ Lao Tzu,
1077:The gentlest thing in the world
overcomes the hardest thing in the world.
That which has no substance
enters where there is no space.
This shows the value of non-action.

Teaching without words,
performing without actions:
that is the Master's way. ~ Lao Tzu,
1078:Work at things before they’ve begun
and establish order before confusion sets in,
for a tree you can barely reach around
grows from the tiniest rootlet,
a nine-tiered tower
starts as a basket of dirt,
a thousand-mile journey
begins with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu,
1079:If any one should wish to get the kingdom for himself, and to effect this by what he does, I see that he will not succeed. The kingdom is a spirit-like thing, and cannot be got by active doing. He who would so win it destroys it; he who would hold it in his grasp loses it. ~ Lao Tzu,
1080:Therefore: In dwelling, choose modest quarters, in thinking, value stillness, in dealing with others, be kind, in choosing words, be sincere, in leading, be just, in working, be competent, in acting, choose the correct timing. Follow these words and there will be no error. ~ Lao Tzu,
1081:The mark of a moderate man
is freedom from his own ideas.
Tolerant like the sky,
all-pervading like sunlight,
firm like a mountain,
supple like a tree in the wind,
he has no destination in view
and makes use of anything
life happens to bring his way. ~ Lao Tzu,
1082:The wise ruler treats the good with goodness;
and treats the not-so-good with goodness, too—
for goodness is its own reward. The wise ruler treats the faithful with good faith;
the treats the unfaithful with good faith, too—
for good faith is its own reward. ~ Lao Tzu,
1083:Why do the people starve? It is because those at the top eat too much, and taxes are too high. This is why the people starve. Why are the people difficult to lead? It is because those in authority are meddlesome in their affairs. This is why the people are difficult to lead. ~ Lao Tzu,
1084:Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity. ~ Lao Tzu,
1085:Who thinks his great achievements poor
Shall find his vigour long endure.
Of greatest fulness, deemed a void,
Exhaustion ne'er shall stem the tide.
Do thou what's straight still crooked deem;
Thy greatest art still stupid seem,
And eloquence a stammering scream. ~ Lao Tzu,
1086:The Philosopher
“Those who speak know nothing;
Those who know are silent.”
These words, as I am told,
Were spoken by Lao Tzu.
If we are to believe that Lao Ttzu
Was himself one who knew,
How comes it that he wrote a book
Of five thousand words?
~ Bai Juyi,
1087:What is meant by saying that honour and great calamity are to be (similarly) regarded as personal conditions? What makes me liable to great calamity is my having the body (which I call myself); if I had not the body, what great calamity could come to me?

吾有大患,及吾有身;及吾无身,吾有何患 ~ Lao Tzu,
1088:Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (5 mentions) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (4) Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari (4) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (4) The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss (4) The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (4) Dune by Frank Herbert (3) Influence by Robert Cialdini (3) ~ Timothy Ferriss,
1089:She does not show herself, and therefore is apparent. She does not affirm herself, and therefore is acknowledged. She does not boast and therefore has merit. She does not strive and therefore is successful. It is exactly because she does not contend, that nobody can contend with her. ~ Lao Tzu,
1090:When the court is arrayed in splendor, The fields are full of weeds, And the granaries are empty. Some wear gorgeous clothes, Carry sharp swords, And indulge in food and drink; They have more possessions than they can use. They are robber barons. This is certainly not the way of Tao. ~ Lao Tzu,
1091:If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. 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. ~ Lao Tzu,
1092:Si un hombre quiere darle forma al mundo, modelarlo a su capricho, difícilmente lo conseguirá. El mundo es un jarro sagrado que no se puede manipular ni retocar. Quien trata de hacerlo, lo deforma. Quien lo aferra, lo pierde. Por eso el sabio no intenta modelarlo, luego no lo deforma. ~ Lao Tzu,
1093:Who can (make) the muddy water (clear)? Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear.
Who can secure the condition of rest?
Let movement go on, and the condition of rest will gradually arise.
They who preserve this method of the Tao do not wish to be full (of themselves). ~ Lao Tzu,
1094:Thirty spokes converge at the hub,
but emptiness completes the wheel.
Clay is shaped to make a pot,
and what’s useful is its emptiness.
Carve fine doors and windows,
but the room is useful in its emptiness.
What is
is beneficial, while what is not
also proves useful. ~ Lao Tzu,
1095:To those who are good (to me), I am good;
and to those who are not good (to me), I am also good;—
and thus (all) get to be good.
To those who are sincere (with me), I am sincere;
and to those who are not sincere (with me), I am also sincere;—
and thus (all) get to be sincere. ~ Lao Tzu,
1096:When the world's on the Way,
they use horses to haul manure.
When the world gets off the Way,
they breed warhorses on the common.

The greatest evil: wanting more.
The worst luck: discontent.
Greed's the curse of life.

To know enough's enough
is enough to know. ~ Lao Tzu,
1097:Attain complete emptiness,
Hold fast to stillness.

Understanding the ordinary:
Mind opens.

Mind opening leads to compassion,
Compassion to nobility,
Nobility to heavenliness,
Heavenliness to TAO.

TAO endures.
Your body dies.

There is no danger. ~ Lao Tzu,
1098:9 Being quiet

Brim-fill the bowl,
it'll spill over.
Keep sharpening the blade,
you'll soon blunt it.

Nobody can protect a house full of gold and jade.

Wealth, status, pride,
are their own ruin.
To do good, work well, and lie low
is the way of the blessing ~ Lao Tzu,
1099:To lead people, walk beside them ...
As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence.
The next best, the people honor and praise.
The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate ...
When the best leader's work is done the people say,
We did it ourselves! ~ Lao Tzu,
1100:Flattery and disgrace are both to be feared,
just as overeating and starvation
are both harmful to the body. Flattery is fattening to the spirit;
disgrace is emaciating. Over-concern is just as harmful as disregard.
Treat yourself well,
but don’t pamper yourself excessively. ~ Lao Tzu,
1101:If you want to awaken all of humanity,
then awaken all of yourself.
If you want to eliminate suffering in the world,
then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself.
For truly, the greatest gift you have to offer humanity,
is your own transformation.
~ Lao TzuLao Tzu ~ Lao Tzu,
1102:Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people's approval
and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity. ~ Lao Tzu,
1103: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,
1104:We tend to expect great things from “seeing the world” and “getting experience.” A Roman poet remarked that travelers change their sky but not their soul. Other poets, untraveled and inexperienced, Emily Brontë and Emily Dickinson, prove Lao Tzu’s point: it’s the inner eye that really sees the world. ~ Lao Tzu,
1105: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,
1106: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,
1107: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,
1108:Colour's five hues from th' eyes their sight will take;
Music's five notes the ears as deaf can make;
The flavours five deprive the mouth of taste;
The chariot course, and the wild hunting waste
Make mad the mind; and objects rare and strange,
Sought for, men's conduct will to evil change. ~ Lao Tzu,
1109:To know people is wisdom, but to know yourself is enlightenment. To master people takes force, but to master yourself takes strength. To know contentment is wealth, and to live with strength resolve. To never leave whatever you are is to abide, and to die without getting lost - that is to live on and on. ~ Lao Tzu,
1110:...the mind is just as immeasurable as the vast universe. An integral being settles his mind just as the vast universe settles itself. He unites his mind with the unnameable Subtle Origin of the multi-universe in which there is no past, present or future. This is how an integral being deals with his mind. ~ Lao Tzu,
1111:Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval
and you will be their prisoner.

Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity. ~ Lao Tzu,
1112:If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.     —Lao Tzu; ancient Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism, could have been one guy or a mythical compilation of many, nobody really knows for sure I ~ Jen Sincero,
1113:Men are born soft and supple; dead they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail. ~ Lao Tzu,
1114:If we try to identify the interim stage of human development that has been attained in fulfillment of the spiritual demands that have been set by religious leaders of humanity since Zoroaster and Lao Tzu, then we must say that humans nowadays are still far closer to gorillas than they are to being men. ~ Hermann Hesse,
1115:If you are compassionate,
you can be truly courageous;
if you are economical, you can be truly generous;
if you are humble, you can be truly helpful. If you are brave but lack compassion,
are generous but lack economy,
and try to help others but lack humility,
you’ve lost the way. ~ Lao Tzu,
1116: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. When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. ~ Lao Tzu,
1117:Without opening your door,
you can open your heart to the world.
Without looking out your window,
you can see the essence of the Tao.


The more you know,
the less you understand.

The Master arrives without leaving,
sees the light without looking,
achieves without doing a thing. ~ Lao Tzu,
1118:If you want a peaceful place to dwell Cold Mountain is guaranteed forever A light wind blows softly in the pines The sound is good when you are close One old man sits beneath the trees Reading Lao Tzu and Huang Ti, mumbling I could not find the world if I searched ten years I've forgotten the road by which I came ~ Hanshan,
1119:31 against war
Weapons are unhappy tools,
not chosen by thoughtful people,
to be used only when there is no choice,
and with a calm, still mind,
without enjoyment.
To enjoy using weapons
is to enjoy killing people,
and to enjoy killing people
is to lose your share in the common good. ... ~ Lao Tzu,
1120:tao k’o tao, fei ch’ang tao.
ming k’o ming, fei ch’ang ming.
wu, ming t’ien ti chih shih.
yu, ming wan wu chih mu.
ku ch’ang wu, yü yi kuan ch’i miao.
ch’ang yu, yü yi kuan ch’i chiao.
tz’u liang chê, t’ung ch’u erh yi ming.
t’ung wei chih hsüan.
hsüan chih yu hsüan.
chung miao chih mên. ~ Lao Tzu,
1121:If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you aren’t afraid of dying, there is nothing you can’t achieve. Trying to control the future is like trying to take the master carpenter’s place. When you handle the master carpenter’s tools, chances are that you’ll cut yourself. ~ Lao Tzu,
1122:This world has no need for weapons,
Which soon turn on themselves.
Where armies camp, nettles grow;
After each war, years of famine.

The most fruitful outcome
Does not depend on force,
But succeeds without arrogance
Without hostility
Without pride
Without resistance
Without violence. ~ Lao Tzu,
1123:He who stands on his tiptoes does not stand firm; he who stretches his legs does not walk (easily).
(So), he who displays himself does not shine; he who asserts his own views is not distinguished; he who vaunts himself does not find his merit acknowledged; he who is self-conceited has no superiority allowed to him. ~ Lao Tzu,
1124:I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men. ~ Lao Tzu,
1125:A living being is tender and flexible;
a corpse is hard and stiff.
It is the same with everything—
leaves and grasses are tender and delicate,
but when they die they become rigid and dry. Those who are hard and inflexible
belong to death’s domain;
but the gentle and flexible
belong to life. ~ Lao Tzu,
1126:As Lao-tzu taught me many years later, “If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” I corrected my mind and began to see myself as capable of accomplishing anything I place my attention on, and I learned that sometimes our most profound teachers show up for us wearing unexpected disguises. ~ Wayne W Dyer,
1127:Not only are we going to shift in our own lives - away from always trying to identify ourselves on the basis of what we have, what we do, and who we are better than, and so on - but shift into more reaching out, more service, more kindness, more living the virtues that Lao Tzu spoke about twenty-five hundred years ago. ~ Wayne Dyer,
1128:Therefore the sage desires what (other men) do not desire, and does not prize things difficult to get; he learns what (other men) do not learn, and turns back to what the multitude of men have passed by.
Thus he helps the natural development of all things, and does not dare to act (with an ulterior purpose of his own). ~ Lao Tzu,
1129:I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and in 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,
1130:Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn't possess,
acts but doesn't expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever. ~ Lao Tzu,
1131:Lao Tzu says: "Accept yourself. Non-acceptance is the root of all the trouble." None of us accept ourselves. The more a person doesn't accept himself, the greater a mahatma he looks to others to be. We are our greatest enemy. If we had our way, we would cut ourselves to pieces in order to remove what was unacceptable. ~ Rajneesh,
1132:Nothing under heaven
is as yielding as water.
And yet in attacking the hard,
the unyielding,
nothing can surpass it.
Nothing can take its place.
The weak overcomes the strong,
the soft surpasses the hard.
In all the world, there’s no one
who doesn’t know this,
but no one can master the practice. ~ Lao Tzu,
1133:All excuses are nothing more than misalignments with God. Just imagine the great creative Source needing an excuse. It doesn't have any concept of, "I'm too busy. I'm too old. I'm too afraid. Things are going to take too long." Source doesn't work like that. The Tao does nothing, Lao-tzu writes, but it leaves nothing undone. ~ Wayne Dyer,
1134:The best rulers are scarcely known by their subjects;
The next best are loved and praised;
The next are feared;
The next despised:
They have no faith in their people,
And their people become unfaithful to them.

When the best rulers achieve their purpose
Their subjects claim the achievement as their own. ~ Lao Tzu,
1135:As to the roaming of sages,
They move in utter emptiness,
Let their minds meander in the great nothingness;
They run beyond convention
And go through where there is no gateway.
They listen to the soundless
And look at the formless,
They are not constrained by society
And not bound to its customs.
- Lao-tzu ~ Lao Tzu,
1136:I have three treasures which I hold and keep.
The first is mercy; the second is economy;
The third is daring not to be ahead of others.

Nowadays men shun mercy, but try to be brave;
They abandon economy, but try to be generous;
They do not believe in humility, but always try to be first.
This is certain death. ~ Lao Tzu,
1137:Some of the first human beings in whom the new consciousness emerged fully became the great teachers of humanity, such as Buddha, Lao Tzu, or Jesus, although their teachings were greatly misunderstood, especially when they turned into organized religion. They were the first manifestations of the flowering of human consciousness. ~ Eckhart Tolle,
1138:Abstaining from speech marks him who is obeying the spontaneity of his nature. A violent wind does not last for a whole morning; a sudden rain does not last for the whole day. To whom is it that these (two) things are owing? To Heaven and Earth. If Heaven and Earth cannot make such (spasmodic) actings last long, how much less can a man! ~ Lao Tzu,
1139:There is no greater illusion than fear, no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself, no greater misfortune than having an enemy. Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe. --loc 710

Tao Te Ching: A New English Version
Paperback – Sep 5 2006 | Unabridged
by Lao Tzu and Stephen Mitchell
ISBN-10: 0061142662 ~ Lao Tzu,
1140:Following the Universal Way means practicing selflessness and extending virtue to the world unconditionally. In this way one not only eliminates the heavy contamination accumulated throughout many lifetimes but may also bring about the possibility of restoring one's original divine nature and become an integral being of the multi-universe. ~ Lao Tzu,
1141:Scholars of the highest class, when they hear about the Tao, earnestly carry it into practice. Scholars of the middle class, when they have heard about it, seem now to keep it and now to lose it. Scholars of the lowest class, when they have heard about it, laugh greatly at it. If it were not (thus) laughed at, it would not be fit to be the Tao ~ Lao Tzu,
1142:The Tao doesn't take sides;
it gives birth to both good and evil.
The Master doesn't take sides;
she welcomes both saints and sinners.

The Tao is like a bellows:
it is empty yet infinitely capable.
The more you use it, the more it produces;
the more you talk of it, the less you understand.

Hold on to the center. ~ Lao Tzu,
1143:We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.

We work with being,
but non-being is what we use. ~ Lao Tzu,
1144:The Master, by residing in the Tao,
sets an example for all beings.
Because he doesn't display himself,
people can see his light.
Because he has nothing to prove,
people can trust his words.
Because he doesn't know who he is,
people recognize themselves in him.
Because he has no goal in mind,
everything he does succeeds. ~ Lao Tzu,
1145:Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream. ~ Lao Tzu,
1146:He does not make himself seen,
therefore he is bright;
he does not deem himself to be right,
therefore he is illustrious;
he does not brag,
therefore he has merit;
he does not boast,
therefore he lasts long.

It is only because he does not contend
that no one in the world contends with him.

(Daode jing, 22, part.) ~ Lao Tzu,
1147: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,
1148:If we could renounce our sageness and discard our wisdom, it would be better for the people a hundredfold.
If we could renounce our benevolence and discard our righteousness, the people would again become filial and kindly.
If we could renounce our artful contrivances and discard our (scheming for) gain, there would be no thieves nor robbers. ~ Lao Tzu,
1149: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. ~ Lao Tzu,
1150:He who knows others is clever, but he who knows himself is enlightened. He who overcomes others is strong, but he who overcomes himself is mightier still. He is rich who knows when he has enough. He who acts with energy has strength of purpose. He who moves not from his proper place is long-lasting. He who dies, but perishes not, enjoys true longevity. ~ Lao Tzu,
1151:The disciples were absorbed in a discussion of Lao-Tzu's dictum: "Those who know, do not say; Those who say, do not know." When the master entered, they asked him what the words meant. Said the master, "Which of you knows the fragrance of a rose?" All of them indicated that they knew. Then he said, "Put it into words." All of them were silent. ~ Anthony de Mello,
1152:Unencumbered by any concept of sin, the Master doesn’t see evil as a force to resist, but simply as an opaqueness, a state of self-absorption which is in disharmony with the universal process, so that, as with a dirty window, the light can’t shine through. This freedom from moral categories allows him his great compassion for the wicked and the selfish. ~ Lao Tzu,
1153:The Master, by residing in the Tao,
sets an example for all beings.
Because he doesn't display himself,
people can see his light.
Because he has nothing to prove,
people can trust his words.
Because he doesn't know who he is,
people recognize themselves in him.

Because he has no goal in mind,
everything he does succeeds. ~ Lao Tzu,
1154:9 Holding a cup and overfilling it Cannot be as good as stopping short Pounding a blade and sharpening it Cannot be kept for long1   Gold and jade fill up the room No one is able to protect them Wealth and position bring arrogance And leave disasters upon oneself2   When achievement is completed, fame is attained Withdraw oneself3 This is the Tao of Heaven ~ Lao Tzu,
1155:ACT IN HARMONY WITH NATURE Creativity is a very paradoxical state of consciousness and being. It is action through inaction, it is what Lao Tzu calls wei-wu-wei. It is allowing something to happen through you. It is not a doing, it is an allowing. It is becoming a passage so the whole can flow through you. It is becoming a hollow bamboo, just a hollow bamboo. ~ Osho,
1156:11 The uses of not

Thirty spokes
meet in the hub.
Where the wheel isn't
is where it's useful.

Hollowed out,
clay makes a pot.
Where the pot's not
is where it's useful.

Cut doors and windows
to make a room.
Where the room isn't,
there's room for you.

So the profit in what is
is in the use of what isn't. ~ Lao Tzu,
1157:Do the Tao Now Spend an hour, a day, a week, or a month practicing not giving unsolicited advice. Stop yourself for an instant and call upon your silent knowing. Ask a question, rather than giving advice or citing an example from your life, and then just listen to yourself and the other person. As Lao-tzu would like you to know, that’s “the highest state of man. ~ Wayne W Dyer,
1158: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,
1159:If you continue filling a pail after it is full,
the water will be wasted.
If you continue grinding an axe after it is sharp,
the edge will wear away. Who can protect a house full of gold and jewels?
Excessive fortune brings about its own misfortune. To win true merit—to earn a good reputation—
you must be prudent.
This is the way of the Tao. ~ Lao Tzu,
1160:Those who know don’t talk. Those who talk don’t know. Close your mouth, block off your senses, blunt your sharpness, untie your knots, soften your glare, settle your dust. This is the primal identity. Be like the Tao. It can’t be approached or withdrawn from, benefited or harmed, honored or brought into disgrace. It gives itself up continually. That is why it endures. ~ Lao Tzu,
1161:The skilful traveller leaves no traces of his wheels or footsteps; the skilful speaker says nothing that can be found fault with or blamed; the skilful reckoner uses no tallies; the skilful closer needs no bolts or bars, while to open what he has shut will be impossible; the skilful binder uses no strings or knots, while to unloose what he has bound will be impossible. ~ Lao Tzu,
1162:Were I sufficiently wise I would follow the Great Way and only fear going astray the Great Way is smooth but people love byways their palaces are spotless but their fields are overgrown and their granaries are empty they wear fine clothes and carry sharp swords they tire of food and drink and possess more than they need this is called robbery and robbery is not the Way ~ Lao Tzu,
1163:In harmony with the Tao,
the sky is clear and spacious,
the earth is solid and full,
all creatures flourish together,
content with the way they are,
endlessly repeating themselves,
endlessly renewed.

when man interferes with the Tao
the sky becomes filthy,
the earth becomes depleted,
the equilibrium crumbles,
creatures become extinct. ~ Lao Tzu,
1164:The supreme goodness is like water.

It benefits all things without contention.

In dwelling, it stays grounded.
In being, it flows to depths.
In expression, it is honest.
In confrontation, it stays gentle.
In governance, it does not control.
In action, it aligns to timing.

It is content with its nature,
and therefore cannot be faulted. ~ Lao Tzu,
1165:But the transformation of consciousness undertaken in Taoism and Zen is more like the correction of faulty perception or the curing of a disease. It is not an acquisitive process of learning more and more facts or greater and greater skills, but rather an unlearning of wrong habits and opinions. As Lao-tzu said, "The scholar gains every day, but the Taoist loses every day. ~ Alan Watts,
1166:But the transformation of consciousness undertaken in Taoism and Zen is more like the correction of faulty perception or the curing of a disease. It is not an acquisitive process of learning more and more facts or greater and greater skills, but rather an unlearning of wrong habits and opinions. As Lao-tzu said, "The scholar gains every day, but the Taoist loses every day. ~ Alan W Watts,
1167:He who knows other men is discerning;
he who knows himself is intelligent.

He who overcomes others is strong;
he who overcomes himself is mighty.

He who works hard gets wealth;
he who knows when he has enough is truly rich.

He who does not fail in the requirements of his position continues long;
he who dies yet is not forgotten has longevity. ~ Lao Tzu,
1168: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,
1169:Those who understand others are intelligent
Those who understand themselves are enlightened

Those who overcome others have strength
Those who overcome themselves are powerful

Those who know contentment are wealthy
Those who proceed vigorously have willpower

Those who do not lose their base endure
Those who die but do not perish have longevity ~ Lao Tzu,
1170:Lao Tzu wrote: “Know the personal, yet keep to the impersonal: Accept the world as it is. Then the Tao will be luminous inside you, and you will return to the Uncarved Block.” There is so much philosophy packed into this verse that it summarizes central teachings about happiness from three great ancient traditions: those not only from Taoism, but also from Buddhism and Stoicism ~ Lou Marinoff,
1171:O şu anda, burada, farkında olabilirsek o patlama gerçekleşir. Zaten çok yakınımızda. O bizim en yakın komşumuz ama biz hep uzaktakini arzu ediyoruz. Yanı başımızda duruyor ve biz haclara gidiyoruz. Bir gölge gibi bizi izliyor ama gözlerimiz uzaklarda olduğundan onu göremiyoruz. Yaşam varoluşun içinde olmak zorundadır. Lao Tzu'nun bir sözü vardır: "Ararsan yitirirsin. Arama, bulursun. ~ Anonymous,
1172:He who knows other men is discerning;
he who knows himself is intelligent.
He who overcomes others is strong;
he who overcomes himself is mighty.
He who is satisfied with his lot is rich;
he who goes on acting with energy has a (firm) will.

He who does not fail in the requirements of his position, continues long;
he who dies and yet does not perish, has longevity. ~ Lao Tzu,
1173:If you want to shrink something, you must first allow it to expand. If you want to get rid of something, you must first allow it to flourish. If you want to take something, you must first allow it to be given. This is called the subtle perception of the way things are. The soft overcomes the hard. The slow overcomes the fast. Let your workings remain a mystery. Just show people the results. ~ Lao Tzu,
1174:If you overesteem great men,
people become powerless.
If you overvalue possessions,
people begin to steal.

The Master leads
by emptying people’s minds
and filling their cores,
by weakening their ambition
and toughening their resolve.
He helps people lose everything
they know, everything they desire,
and creates confusion
in those who think that they know. ~ Lao Tzu,
1175:Without going out-of-doors, one can know all he needs to know. Without even looking out of his window, one can grasp the nature of everything. Without going beyond his own nature, one can achieve ultimate wisdom. Therefore, the intelligent man knows all he needs to know without going away, And sees all he needs to see without looking elsewhere, And does all he needs to do wihout undue exertion. ~ Lao Tzu,
1176:A man is born gentle and weak; at his death he is hard and stiff. All things, including the grass and trees, are soft and pliable in life; dry and brittle in death. Stiffness is thus a companion of death; flexibility a companion of life. An army that cannot yield will be defeated. A tree that cannot bend will crack in the wind. The hard and stiff will be broken; the soft and supple will prevail. ~ Lao Tzu,
1177:The Master does his job
and then stops.
He understands that the universe
is forever out of control,
and that trying to dominate events
goes against the current of the Tao.
Because he believes in himself,
he doesn't try to convince others.
Because he is content with himself,
he doesn't need others' approval.
Because he accepts himself,
the whole world accepts him. ~ Lao Tzu,
1178: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,
1179:If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart. ~ Lao Tzu,
1180:HUMILITY The universe is eternal, and earth is lasting. The reason they are eternal and lasting
is that they do not exist for themselves.
That is why they endure. The wise humble themselves—
and because of their humility,
they are worthy of praise. They put others first,
and so become great. They are not focused on outcomes or achievements;
therefore they always succeed. ~ Lao Tzu,
1181: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,
1182:Büyük usta Lao Tzu şöyle der: ‘Ustanın serveti yoktur. Başkaları için çok şey yaptıkça, daha çok mutlu olur. Başkalarına daha çok verdikçe, daha çok zengin olur!’ Vermek gerçekten de iyi bir mutluluk kaynağıdır. Bir insanın başkasına verebileceği en iyi hazinelerden biri iyi ve sağlam bir fikirdir, çünkü kuşlar yalnızca kanatlarla, insanlar da yalnızca iyi ve sağlam fikirlerle yükselebilirler! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
1183:Thirty spokes share the hub of a wheel;
yet it is its center that makes it useful.
You can mould clay into a vessel;
yet, it is its emptiness that makes it useful.
Cut doors and windows from the walls of a house;
but the ultimate use of the house
will depend on that part where nothing exists.

Therefore, something is shaped into what is;
but its usefulness comes from what is not. ~ Lao Tzu,
1184:Lao-tzu didn’t actually say very much more about the meaning of Tao. The Way of Nature, the Way of happening self-so, or, if you like, the very process of life, was something which he was much too wise to define. For to try to say anything definite about the Tao is like trying to eat your mouth: you can’t get outside it to chew it. To put it the other way round: anything you can chew is not your mouth. ~ Alan W Watts,
1185:For a parallel to the lesson of atomic theory regarding the limited applicability of such customary idealizations, we must in fact turn to quite other branches of science, such as psychology, or even to that kind of epistemological problems with which already thinkers like Buddha and Lao Tzu have been confronted, when trying to harmonize our position as spectators and actors in the great drama of existence. ~ Niels Bohr,
1186:One who knows does not say it; one who says does not know it. Block the openings, Shut the doors, Soften the glare, Follow along old wheel tracks; Blunt the point, Untangle the knots. This is known as dark identity. Thus you cannot get close to it, nor can you keep it at arms length; you cannot bestow benefit on it, nor can you do it harm; you cannot ennoble it, nor can you debase it. Hence it is the most valued. ~ Lao Tzu,
1187:Fame or integrity: which is more important? Money or happiness: which is more valuable? Success or failure: which is more destructive? If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. 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. ~ Lao Tzu,
1188:Trying to control the world?
I see you won't succeed.

The world is a spiritual vessel
And cannot be controlled.

Those who control, fail.
Those who grasp, lose.

Some go forth, some are led,
Some weep, some blow flutes
Some become strong, some superfluous,
Some oppress, some destroyed.

Therefore the Sage,
Casts off extremes,
Casts off excess,
Casts off extravagance. ~ Lao Tzu,
1189:When the greatness of Tao is present action arises from one’s own heart When the greatness of Tao is absent action comes from the rules of “kindness” and “justice” If you need rules to be kind and just, if you act virtuous, this is a sure sign that virtue is absent Thus we see the great hypocrisy Only when the family loses its harmony do we hear of “dutiful sons” Only when the state is in chaos do we hear of “loyal ministers ~ Lao Tzu,
1190:So there are established sayings: Guidance to enlightenment seems nonsensical. Guidance to progress seems backwards. Guidance to equality seems to classify. Higher efficacy seems at a loss. Great purity seems like shame. Broad effectiveness seems insufficient. Constructive effectiveness seems casual. Basic reality seems changeable. A great expanse has no shores. A large container takes a long time to make. Important news is rarely heard. ~ Lao Tzu,
1191:Would you like to save the world from the degradation and destruction it seems destined for? Then step away from shallow mass movements and quietly go to work on your own self-awareness. If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation. ~ Lao Tzu,
1192:If the people never fear death,
what is the purpose of threatening to kill them?
If the people ever fear death,
and I were to capture and kill those who are devious,
who would dare to be so?
If the people must be ever fearful of death,
then there will always be an executioner.
Now,
To kill in place of the executioner
Is like
Hewing wood in place of the master carpenter;
Few indeed will escape cutting their own hands! ~ Lao Tzu,
1193:The sage has no mind of his own.
He is aware of the needs of others.

I am good to people who are good.
I am also good to people who are not good.
Because Virtue is goodness.
I have faith in people who are faithful.
I also have faith in people who are not faithful.
Because Virtue is faithfulness.

The sage is shy and humble – to the world he seems confusing.
Others look to him and listen.
He behaves like a little child. ~ Lao Tzu,
1194:The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The named is the mother of ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name;
this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery. ~ Lao Tzu,
1195:Thus it is said:
The path into the light seems dark,
the path forward seems to go back,
the direct path seems long,
true power seems weak,
true purity seems tarnished,
true steadfastness seems changeable,
true clarity seems obscure,
the greatest are seems unsophisticated,
the greatest love seems indifferent,
the greatest wisdom seems childish.

The Tao is nowhere to be found.
Yet it nourishes and completes all things. ~ Lao Tzu,
1196:The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to. It is content with the low places that people disdain. Thus it is like the Tao. 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. When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. ~ Lao Tzu,
1197:The thirty spokes unite in the one nave; but it is on the empty space (for the axle), that the use of the wheel depends. Clay is fashioned into vessels; but it is on their empty hollowness, that their use depends. The door and windows are cut out (from the walls) to form an apartment; but it is on the empty space (within), that its use depends. Therefore, what has a (positive) existence serves for profitable adaptation, and what has not that for (actual) usefulness. ~ Lao Tzu,
1198:Everything under heaven is a sacred vessel and cannot be controlled. Trying to control leads to ruin. Trying to grasp, we lose. Allow your life to unfold naturally. Know that it too is a vessel of perfection. Just as you breathe in and breathe out, there is a time for being ahead and a time for being behind; a time for being in motion and a time for being at rest; a time for being vigorous and a time for being exhausted; a time for being safe and a time for being in danger. ~ Lao Tzu,
1199:GOODNESS True goodness is like water;
it nurtures everything and harms nothing.
Like water, it ever seeks the lowest place,
the place that all others avoid. This is the way of the Tao.
For a dwelling it chooses the quiet meadow;
for a heart the circling eddy. In generosity it is kind;
in speech it is sincere;
in power it is order;
in action it is gentle;
in movement it is rhythm. Because it is always peaceable,
it soothes and refreshes. ~ Lao Tzu,
1200:Guidance is creative, efficacy develops, people give shape, implements complete.  That is why all people honor guidance and value efficacy.  The nobility of guidance and the value of efficacy are not granted by anyone, but naturally so of themselves.  Guidance creates, nurtures, develops, matures, brings to fruition, nourishes, sustains, and shelters. It is creative without possessiveness, constructive without conceit, develops without coercion; this is called unobtrusive efficacy. ~ Lao Tzu,
1201:Change your thoughts, change your life. —LAO TZU When I was fighting depression, I remember hearing this expression and not understanding it at first. When I decided to implement it in my life, a whole new world opened up for me. Change the negative, self-loathing thoughts to positive, self-affirming ones. When you’re positive about yourself and everything around you, you begin to see the world in a different light. Your life today is what you make of it. Goal: Be mindful of the tone of your thoughts. ~ Demi Lovato,
1202:24
Който се е повдигнал на пръсти,
не може дълго да стои.
Който прави големи крачки,
не може дълго да върви.
Който се уповава само на своите очи
недовижда.
Който се самопредставя,
не блести.
Който се хвали,
не се прославя.
Който напада,
няма успех.
Който се гордее,
не може да е старши.

Въз основа на Дао,
това се нарича остатък от ядене,
ненужно поведение.
Всички се отвращават от него.

Ето защо,
Който има Дао,
не постъпва така. ~ Lao Tzu,
1203:Muhammad said that gratitude for the abundance you’ve received is the best insurance that the abundance will continue. Buddha said that you have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy. Lao Tzu said that if you rejoice in the way things are, the whole world will belong to you. Krishna said that whatever he is offered he accepts with joy. King David spoke of giving thanks to the whole world, for everything between the heavens and the Earth. And Jesus said thank you before he performed each miracle. ~ Rhonda Byrne,
1204:We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel,
But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the wheels depends.

We turn clay to make vessel,
But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the vessel depends.

We pierce doors and windows to make a house,
And it is on these spaces where there is nothing that the usefulness of the house depends.

Therefore just as we take advantage of what is, we should recognize the usefulness of what is not. ~ Lao Tzu,
1205:Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics and you'll get ten different answers, but there's one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won't just take us. It'll take Marilyn Monroe and Lao-Tzu, Einstein, Morobuto, Buddy Holly, Aristophanes .. and all of this .. all of this was for nothing unless we go to the stars. ~ J Michael Straczynski,
1206:Intellectual knowledge exists in and of the brain.
Because the brain is part of the body, which must one day expire, this collection of facts, however large and impressive, will expire as well.

Insight, however, is a function of the spirit.
Because your spirit follows you through cycle after cycle of life, death, and rebirth, you have the opportunity of cultivating insight in an ongoing fashion.
Refined over time, insight becomes pure, constant, and unwavering.

This is the beginning of immortality. ~ Lao Tzu,
1207:Where there are more restrictions and prohibitions, there is also more poverty. Where there are many sharp weapons, there is also more chaos. Where the people are full of clever schemes, there are also strange outcomes. Where there are many laws and edicts, there is also an abundance of criminals. Therefore, the wise person: Practices non-action so that the people are naturally transformed. Welcomes quietude so that the people will naturally be civilized. Does not interfere so that the people will naturally be prosperous. ~ Lao Tzu,
1208:Know the male, but hold to the female. Imagine a river flowing through a valley, never departing from its original path. Do this and you will return to a state of innocence. Perceive the bright, but hold to the dark. Like a river, let yourself flow with virtue, and set a faultless example for the world. Do this and you will return to a state of perfection. Be aware of honour, but hold to humility. Like a valley, let virtue fill you, sufficient yet everlasting. Do this and you will return to the state of the uncarved block. ~ Lao Tzu,
1209:Those who understand the way do not talk about it, and those who talk about the way do not understand it. Therefore the wise person: Closes his mouth, locks his gates, tempers his sharpness, simplifies his problems, softens his glare. Unite yourself with the low – this is the profound harmony. Where there is no attachment, there is liberation from aversion. Where there is no profit, there is liberation from loss. Where there is no honour, there is liberation from disgrace. Therefore this is the most cherished way on earth. ~ Lao Tzu,
1210:Look, and it can't be seen.
Listen, and it can't be heard.
Reach, and it can't be grasped.

Above, it isn't bright.
Below, it isn't dark.
Seamless, unnamable,
it returns to the realm of nothing.
Form that includes all forms,
image without an image,
subtle, beyond all conception.

Approach it and there is no beginning;
follow it and there is no end.
You can't know it, but you can be it,
at ease in your own life.
Just realize where you come from:
this is the essence of wisdom. ~ Lao Tzu,
1211:Existence is beyond the power of words
To define:
Terms may be used
But are none of them absolute.
In the beginning of heaven and earth there were no words,
Words came out of the womb of matter;
And whether a man dispassionately
Sees to the core of life
Or passionately
Sees the surface,
The core and the surface
Are essentially the same,
Words making them seem different
Only to express appearance.
If name be needed, wonder names them both:
From wonder into wonder
Existence opens. ~ Lao Tzu,
1212: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,
1213:I don't know! Nobody has ever known. Why would Jesus have remained unmarried if he had known the secret? He knew the secret of the kingdom of God, but he did not know the secret of remaining happy in marriage. He remained unmarried. Mahavira, Lao Tzu Chuang Tzu, they all remained unmarried for the simple reason that there is no secret; otherwise these people would have discovered it. They could discover the ultimate - marriage is not such a big thing, it is very shallow - they even fathomed God, but they could not fathom marriage. ~ Rajneesh,
1214:Laozi was an ancient Chinese philosopher. According to Chinese tradition, Laozi lived in the 6th century BC, however many historians contend that Laozi actually lived in the 4th century BC, which was the period of Hundred Schools of Thought and Warring States Period, while others contend he was a mythical figure. Laozi was credited with writing the seminal Taoist work, the Tao Te Ching, which was originally known as the Laozi. Taishang Laojun was a title for Laozi in the Taoist religion. It refers to One of the Three Pure Ones. Source: Wikipedia ~ Lao Tzu,
1215:The Tao, when brightest seen, seems light to lack;
Who progress in it makes, seems drawing back;
Its even way is like a rugged track.
Its highest virtue from the vale doth rise;
Its greatest beauty seems to offend the eyes;
And he has most whose lot the least supplies.
Its firmest virtue seems but poor and low;
Its solid truth seems change to undergo;
Its largest square doth yet no corner show
A vessel great, it is the slowest made;
Loud is its sound, but never word it said;
A semblance great, the shadow of a shade. ~ Lao Tzu,
1216:According to tradition, the originator of Taoism, Lao-tzu, was an older contemporary of Kung Fu-tzu, or Confucius, who died in 479 B.C.1 Lao-tzu is said to have been the author of the Tao Te Ching, a short book of aphorisms, setting forth the principles of the Tao and its power or virtue (Te e). But traditional Chinese philosophy ascribes both Taoism and Confucianism to a still earlier source, to a work which lies at the very foundation of Chinese thought and culture, dating anywhere from 3000 to 1200 B.C. This is the I Ching, or Book of Changes. ~ Alan W Watts,
1217:Western scholars, contemptible in their pretentious and shallow scholarship, have translated Tao as Way. How foolish! Tao is Spirit, the Spirit that permeates all heaven and all earth, even those far beyond ours. Tao includes all that is not, and all that is; Lao Tzu describes it in these words.

Silent, aloof, alone,
It changes not, nor fails, but touches all.
I do not know its name,
One name for it is Tao.
Pressed for designation,
I call it -- Tao.
Tao means Outgoing,
Outgoing, Far-reaching,
Far-reaching, Return. ~ Pearl S Buck,
1218:That’s why I insist again and again that Jesus is from the East; that’s why he could not be understood in the West. The West has misunderstood him. The East could have understood him because the East knows Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Buddha, and Jesus belongs to them. He says: “Those who are last will be the first in my kingdom of God.” The humblest, the meekest, will possess the kingdom of God. Poor in spirit is the goal. Who is poor in spirit? The empty boat, he who is not at all – no claim on anything, no possession of anything, no self. He lives as an absence. ~ Osho,
1219:Tri nhân giả trí, tự tri giả nhân
Thắng nhân giả hữu lục, tự thắng giả cường
Tri túc giả phú
Cưỡng hành giả hữu chi
Bất thất kỳ sở giả cửu
Tử nhi bất vong giả thọ.

Dịch nghĩa:
Kẻ biết người là có trí
Kẻ biết mình là sáng suốt
Kẻ thắng người ta là có sức
Kẻ tự thắng mình là người mạnh
Kẻ tự cảm thấy đủ là kẻ giàu
Kẻ cố gắng thực hiện (Đạo) là người có chí
Kẻ không bỏ mất cái gốc thì lâu dài
Kẻ chết mà không mất là thọ. ~ Lao Tzu,
1220:Whoever is planted in the Tao
will not be rooted up.
Whoever embraces the Tao
will not slip away.
Her name will be held in honor
from generation to generation.

Let the Tao be present in your life
and you will become genuine.
Let it be Present in your family
and your family will flourish.
Let it be present in your country
and your country will be an example
to all countries in the world.
Let it be present in the universe
and the universe will sing.

How do I know this is true?
by looking inside myself. ~ Lao Tzu,
1221:Practice emptiness to the extreme.
Keep stillness whole.
Myriad things act in concert.
I therefore watch their return.
All things flourish, and each returns to its root.

Return to the root is called Quietude.
Quietude is called Way of Life.
Way of Life is called Constant.

Acting without knowing this constant can be harmful.
Understanding this Constant is called receptivity, which is impartial.


Impartiality is Kingship.
Kingship is Heaven.
Heaven is the Tao.

Though you lose the body, you do not die. ~ Lao Tzu,
1222:He who knows the masculine but keeps to the feminine,
Becomes the ravine of the world.
Being the ravine of the world,
He dwells in constant virtue,
He returns to the state of the babe.
He who knows the white but keeps to the black,
Becomes the model of the world.
Being the model of the world,
He rests in constant virtue,
He returns to the infinite.
He who knows glory but keeps to disgrace,
Becomes the valley of the world.
Being the valley of the world,
He finds contentment in constant virtue,
He returns to the Uncarved Block. ~ Lao Tzu,
1223:Si un hombre quiere darle forma al mundo, modelarlo a su capricho, difícilmente lo conseguirá. El mundo es un jarro sagrado que no se puede manipular ni retocar. Quien trata de hacerlo, lo deforma. Quien lo aferra, lo pierde. Por eso el sabio no intenta modelarlo, luego no lo deforma. No lo aferra, luego no lo pierde. Hay quienes marchan adelante, hay quienes marchan atrás. Hay quienes permanecen callados, hay quienes hablan. Algunos son fuertes, otros débiles. Algunos medran, otros perecen. Luego el sabio rechaza el exceso, la extravagancia y la propia complacencia. ~ Lao Tzu,
1224:The grandest forms of active force
From Tao come, their only source.
Who can of Tao the nature tell?
Our sight it flies, our touch as well.
Eluding sight, eluding touch,
The forms of things all in it crouch;
Eluding touch, eluding sight,
There are their semblances, all right.
Profound it is, dark and obscure;
Things' essences all there endure.
Those essences the truth enfold
Of what, when seen, shall then be told.
Now it is so; 'twas so of old.
Its name--what passes not away;
So, in their beautiful array,
Things form and never know decay. ~ Lao Tzu,
1225:The flexible are preserved unbroken. The bent become straight. The empty are filled. The exhausted become renewed. The poor are enriched. The rich are confounded. Therefore the sage embraces the one. Because he doesn't display himself, people can see his light. Because he has nothing to prove, people can trust his words. Because he doesn't know who he is, people recognize themselves in him. Because he has no goal in mind, everything he does succeeds. The old saying that the flexible are preserved unbroken is surely right! If you have truely attained wholeness, everything will flock to you. ~ Lao Tzu,
1226:He who is in harmony with the Tao
is like a newborn child.
Its bones are soft, its muscles are weak,
but its grip is powerful.
It doesn't know about the union
of male and female,
yet its penis can stand erect,
so intense is its vital power.
It can scream its head off all day,
yet it never becomes hoarse,
so complete is its harmony.

The Master's power is like this.
He lets all things come and go
effortlessly, without desire.
He never expects results;
thus he is never disappointed.
He is never disappointed;
thus his spirit never grows old. ~ Lao Tzu,
1227:Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return. Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity. If you don't realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
disinterested, amused,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready. ~ Lao Tzu,
1228:Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child's?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from you own mind
and thus understand all things?

Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue. ~ Lao Tzu,
1229:The first great literary work about solitude, the Tao Te Ching, was written in ancient China, likely in the sixth century B.C., by a protester hermit named Lao-tzu. The book’s eighty-one short verses describe the pleasures of forsaking society and living in harmony with the seasons. The Tao Te Ching says that it is only through retreat rather than pursuit, through inaction rather than action, that we acquire wisdom. “Those with less become content,” says the Tao, “those with more become confused.” The poems, still widely read, have been hailed as a hermit manifesto for more than two thousand years. ~ Michael Finkel,
1230: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.
He lets them go their own way,
and resides at the center of the circle. ~ Lao Tzu,
1231:Choose food, clothing, and shelter that accords with nature.Rely on your own body for transportation. Allow your work and your recreation to be one and the same. Do exercise that develops your whole being and not just your body. Listen to music that bridges the three spheres of your being. Choose leaders for their virtue rather than their wealth or power. Serve others and cultivate yourself simultaneously. Understand that true growth comes from meeting and solving problems of life in a way that is harmonizing to yourself and to others. If you can follow these simple old ways, you will be continually renewed. ~ Lao Tzu,
1232: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,
1233:Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.

Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.

If you don't realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
disinterested, amused,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready. ~ Lao Tzu,
1234: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. ~ Lao Tzu,
1235:Look for it, and it can’t be seen.
Listen for it, and it can’t be heard.
Grasp for it, and it can’t be caught.
These three cannot be further described,
so we treat them as The One.

It’s highest is not bright.
It’s depths are not dark.
Unending, unnameable, it returns to nothingness.
Formless forms, and image less images,
subtle, beyond all understanding.

Approach it and you will not see a beginning;
follow it and there will be no end.
You can't know it, but you can be it,
at ease in your own life.
Just realize where you come from:
this is the essence of wisdom. ~ Lao Tzu,
1236:DAILY AWARENESS POEM
Always we hope
someone else has the answer.
Some other place will be better,
some other time it will all turn out.
This is it.
No one else has the answer.
No other place will be better,
and it has already turned out.
At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.
There is no need
to run outside
for better seeing.
Nor to peer from a window.
Rather abide at the center of your being;
for the more you leave it the less you learn.
Search your heart
and see
the way to do
is to be. ~ Lao Tzu,
1237: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,
1238:Weapons are never the implements of good fortune, and they are to be detested. Therefore, the wise leader avoids them. Normally the wise leader values patience, but when at war he values action. Since he is opposed to the use of weapons, he uses them only when it is unavoidable, and even then with great restraint. To praise victory in war is to rejoice in the slaughter of men. The slaughter of men causes grief and sorrow to the people, therefore he who rejoices in this will not be successful. Fortune follows the restrained, misfortune follows the ambitious. Therefore victory in war should not be celebrated, but instead should be met with mourning. ~ Lao Tzu,
1239:When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.

Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.

Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn't possess,
acts but doesn't expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever. ~ Lao Tzu,
1240:For Chuang Tzu, the truly great man is therefore not the man who has, by a lifetime of study and practice, accumulated a great fund of virtue and merit, but the man in whom “Tao acts without impediment,” the “man of Tao.” Several of the texts in this present book describe the “man of Tao.” Others tell us what he is not. One of the most instructive, in this respect, is the long and delightful story of the anxiety-ridden, perfectionistic disciple of Keng Sang Chu, who is sent to Lao Tzu to learn the “elements.” He is told that “if you persist in trying to attain what is never attained … in reasoning about what cannot be understood, you will be destroyed. ~ Thomas Merton,
1241:Just as God is hidden, so are the inner secrets of Her divine message. We read about them, hear them uttered, but we cannot possibly comprehend their meaning unless we have a direct experience of their truth. That is why to be able to talk to our souls we use meditation, we use rituals, symbols and signs, we use dreams and careful observation of souls’ subconscious messages. The mystics of our past help us in this quest. From Zarathustra who comes from the ancient Persian spiritual culture, to Pythagoras who comes from the Greco-Latin cultural epoch, to Lao Tzu, Buddha and Christ, they all carry the keys to the secrets of the most varied mysteries. ~ Nata a Nuit Pantovi,
1242:For Lao-tzu’s Taoism is the philosophical equivalent of jujitsu, or judo, which means the way of gentleness. Its basis is the principle of Tao, which may be translated the Way of Nature. But in the Chinese language the word which we render as “nature” has a special meaning not found in its English equivalent. Translated literally, it means “self-so.” For to the Chinese, nature is what works and moves by itself without having to be shoved about, wound up, or controlled by conscious effort. Your heart beats “self-so,” and, if you would give it half a chance, your mind can function “self-so”—though most of us are much too afraid of ourselves to try the experiment. ~ Alan W Watts,
1243:If you want to be a great leader,
you must learn to follow the Tao.
Stop trying to control.
Let go of fixed plans and concepts,
and the world will govern itself.

The more prohibitions you have,
the less virtuous people will be.
The more weapons you have,
the less secure people will be.
The more subsidies you have,
the less self-reliant people will be.

Therefore the Master says:
I let go of the law,
and people become honest.
I let go of economics,
and people become prosperous.
I let go of religion,
and people become serene.
I let go of all desire for the common good,
and the good becomes common as grass. ~ Lao Tzu,
1244:Those who would take over the earth
And shape it to their will
Never, I notice, succeed.
The earth is like a vessel so sacred
That at the mere approach of the profane
It is marred
And when they reach out their fingers it is gone.

For a time in the world some force themselves ahead
And some are left behind,
For a time in the world some make a great noise
And some are held silent,
For a time in the world some are puffed fat
And some are kept hungry,
For a time in the world some push aboard
And some are tipped out:

At no time in the world will a man who is sane
Over-reach himself,
Over-spend himself,
Over-rate himself. ~ Lao Tzu,
1245:In The Tao of Leadership, John Heider stresses the importance of interfering as little as possible. “Rules reduce freedom and responsibility,” he writes. “Enforcement of rules is coercive and manipulative, which diminishes spontaneity and absorbs group energy. The more coercive you are, the more resistant the group will become.” Heider, whose book is based on Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, suggests that leaders practice becoming more open. “The wise leader is of service: receptive, yielding, following. The group member’s vibration dominates and leads, while the leader follows. But soon it is the member’s consciousness which is transformed, the member’s vibration which is resolved. ~ Phil Jackson,
1246:The ancient Masters were profound and subtle.
Their wisdom was unfathomable.
There is no way to describe it;
all we can describe is their appearance.

They were careful
as someone crossing an iced-over stream.
Alert as a warrior in enemy territory.
Courteous as a guest.
Fluid as melting ice.
Shapable as a block of wood.
Receptive as a valley.
Clear as a glass of water.

Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment..
Not seeking, not expecting,
she is present, and can welcome all things. ~ Lao Tzu,
1247:If you govern a country by listening to the arguments of a multitude of people, the country will be in danger in no time at all. How do we know this is so? Lao-tzu emphasized flexibility, Confucius emphasized humaneness, Mo-tzu emphasized universality, the Keeper of the Pass emphasized purity, Lieh-tzu emphasized emptiness, Ch’en Ping emphasized equality, Yang Chu emphasized self, Sun Pin emphasized power, Wang Liao emphasized initiative, Ni Liang emphasized conformism. Using bells and drums is a means of unifying ears; making law and order uniform is a way of unifying minds. When the smart ones can’t be clever and the stupid ones can’t be clumsy, this is a means of unifying a mass. ~ Sun Tzu,
1248:To take the last issue, the difficult issue, first. The first great Dharma systems, East and West, all arose, without exception, in the so-called “axial period” (Karl Jaspers), that rather extraordinary period beginning around the 6th century B.C. (plus or minus several centuries), a period that saw the birth of Gautama Buddha, Lao Tzu, Confucius, Moses, Plato, Patanjali—a period that would soon give way, over the next few centuries, to include Ashvaghosa, Nagarjuna, Plotinus, Jesus, Philo, Valentinus…. Virtually all of the major tenets of the perennial philosophy were first laid down during this amazing era (in Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity….) ~ Ken Wilber, Integral Life, right-bucks,
1249:The Formless Way
We look at it, and do not see it; it is invisible.
We listen to it, and do not hear it; it is inaudible.
We touch it, and do not feel it; it is intangible.
These three elude our inquiries, and hence merge into one.

Not by its rising, is it bright,
nor by its sinking, is it dark.
Infinite and eternal, it cannot be defined.
It returns to nothingness.
This is the form of the formless, being in non-being.
It is nebulous and elusive.

Meet it, and you do not see its beginning.
Follow it, and you do not see its end.
Stay with the ancient Way
in order to master what is present.
Knowing the primeval beginning is the essence of the Way. ~ Lao Tzu,
1250:Use convention to govern a state, use surprise in waging war, use disinterest to take the world. How do I know this is so? When there are many taboos in the world, the people grow poorer and poorer. When the people have many weapons, the nation grows more benighted. When the people are very crafty, weird things arise more and more. The greater the articulation of rules of law, the more brigands and outlaws there are. Therefore a wise rulers says, “If I contrive nothing, the people will naturally be civilized. If I am fond of tranquility, the people will naturally be upright.  If I am disinterested, the people will naturally become rich.  If I want not to want, the people will naturally be innocent. ~ Lao Tzu,
1251:I am reminded of the apocryphal conversation between Confucius and Lao-tzu, when the former had been prating of universal love without the element of self. “What stuff!” cried Lao-tzu. “Does not universal love contradict itself? Is not your elimination of self a positive manifestation of self? Sir, if you would cause the world not to lose its source of nourishment: there is the universe, its regularity is unceasing; there are the sun and moon, their brightness is unceasing; there are the stars, their groupings never change; there are the birds and beasts, they flock together without varying; there are trees and shrubs, they grow upward without exception. Like these, accord with the Tao—with the way of ~ Alan W Watts,
1252:Touch ultimate emptiness,
Hold steady and still.

All things work together:
I have watched them reverting,
And have seen how they flourish
And return again, each to his roots.

This, I say, is the stillness:
A retreat to one's roots;
Or better yet, return
To the will of God,
Which is, I say, to constancy.
The knowledge of constancy
I call enlightenment and say
That not to know it
Is blindness that works evil.

But when you know
What eternally is so,
You have stature
And stature means righteousness
And righteousness is kingly
And kingliness divine
And divinity is the Way
Which is final.

Then, though you die,
You shall not perish. ~ Lao Tzu,
1253:Lao Tzu saw this twenty-six centuries ago: ‘The more prohibitions you have, the less virtuous people will be.’ Montesquieu’s phrase for the calming effect of trade on human violence, intolerance and enmity was ‘doux commerce’ – sweet commerce. And he has been amply vindicated in the centuries since. The richer and more market-oriented societies have become, the nicer people have behaved. Think of the Dutch after 1600, the Swedes after 1800, the Japanese after 1945, the Germans likewise, the Chinese after 1978. The long peace of the nineteenth century coincided with the growth of free trade. The paroxysm of violence that convulsed the world in the first half of the twentieth century coincided with protectionism. ~ Matt Ridley,
1254:Libraries are sanctuaries from the world and command centers onto it: here in the quiet rooms are the lives of Crazy Horse and Aung San Suu Kyi, the Hundred Years' War and the Opium Wars and the Dirty War, the ideas of Simone Weil and Lao-Tzu, information on building your sailboat or dissolving your marriage, fictional worlds and books to equip the reader to reenter the real world. They are, ideally, places where nothing happens and where everything that has happened is stored up to be remembered and relived, the place where the world is folded up into boxes of paper. Every book is a door that opens onto another world, which might be the magic that all those children's books were alluding to, and a library is a Milky Way of worlds. ~ Rebecca Solnit,
1255:Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, author of the Tao Te Ching, wrote, “He who knows he has enough is rich.” Enough—it’s a slippery concept. What’s enough for one is too little for the next guy and too much for another. Most of us would agree we have enough food, enough water, enough clothing, and enough shelter to meet our basic needs. And anyone reading this book probably feels that they have enough things. So why do we still feel the urge to buy, and own, more? Let’s investigate this word “enough” a little more closely. Dictionary.com defines it as “adequate for the want or need; sufficient for the purpose or to satisfy desire.” Ah, there’s the problem: even though we’ve satisfied our needs, there’s still the matter of our wants and desires. ~ Francine Jay,
1256:They found security in letting go rather than in holding on and, in so doing, developed an attitude toward life that might be called psychophysical judo. Nearly twenty-five centuries ago, the Chinese sages Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu had called it wu-wei, which is perhaps best translated as “action without forcing.” It is sailing in the stream of the Tao, or course of nature, and navigating the currents of li (organic pattern)—a word that originally signified the natural markings in jade or the grain in wood. As this attitude spread and prevailed in the wake of Vibration Training, people became more and more indulgent about eccentricity in life-style, tolerant of racial and religious differences, and adventurous in exploring unusual ways of loving. ~ Alan W Watts,
1257:Before the birth of all things, there existed an undifferentiated whole. A solitary void:  unchanging, yet operating everywhere, without exhaustion. It is therefore considered the source of everything. I do not know its true name, although some call it Tao. If compelled to characterize it, I would simply call it great. For to be great implies that it is far-reaching, to be far-reaching implies distance, and to be distant implies returning to the source. Thus the Tao is great, Heaven is great, Earth is great, the wise person is also great. In the universe there are four great ones, and the wise person is one of them. The wise person follows the laws of Earth, Earth follows the laws of Heaven, and Heaven follows the law of Tao. The Tao, with nothing to follow, is natural unto itself. ~ Lao Tzu,
1258:Lao-tzu advised, “As soon as you have a thought, laugh at it,” because reality is not what we think. We perceive the world through a window colored by beliefs, interpretations, and associations. We see things not as they are but as we are. The same brain that enables us to contemplate philosophy, solve math equations, and create poetry also generates a stream of static known as discursive thoughts, which seem to arise at random, bubbling up into our awareness. Such mental noise is a natural phenomenon, no more of a problem than the dreams that appear in the sleep state. Therefore, our schooling aims not to struggle with random thoughts but to transcend them in the present moment, where no thoughts exist, only awareness. Our mind’s liberation awaits not in some imagined future but here and now. ~ Dan Millman,
1259:Thus Spoke Zarathustra (German: Also sprach Zarathustra, sometimes translated Thus Spake Zarathustra), subtitled A Book for All and None (Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen), is a written work by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885. Much of the work deals with ideas such as the "eternal recurrence of the same", the parable on the "death of God", and the "prophecy" of the Overman, which were first introduced in The Gay Science.
Described by Nietzsche himself as "the deepest ever written", the book is a dense and esoteric treatise on philosophy and morality, featuring as protagonist a fictionalized Zarathustra. A central irony of the text is that the style of the Bible is used by Nietzsche to present ideas of his which fundamentally oppose Judaeo-Christian morality and tradition. ~ Lao Tzu,
1260: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,
1261:But the truth is that I don’t want to simply offer others a fleeting moment of “inspiration.” I want my story to spark real change. An aha moment becomes most meaningful when it leads us to do more. Dream bigger. Move past our so-called limitations. Defy expectations. Bounce back with the resilience that every single one of us was born with. I didn’t write this book because I want you to say, “Wow, look at what that girl overcame—good for her.” I’m sharing my story because I want you to see what’s possible in your own life. Right here. Right now. Starting the second you pick up your pen and create your own amazing narrative. The words of the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu have always resonated with me: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” What follows is my first step. My first stumble. My first dance. My first dream. ~ Amy Purdy,
1262:The Master doesn't try to be powerful;
thus he is truly powerful.
The ordinary man keeps reaching for power;
thus he never has enough.

The Master does nothing,
yet he leaves nothing undone.
The ordinary man is always ding things,
yet many more are left to be done.
[…]
Therefore the Master concerns himself
With the depths and not the surface,
With the fruit and not the flower.
[…]
Teaching without words,
Performing without actions:
That is the Master’s way.
[…]
The Master arrives without leaving,
Sees the light without looking,
Achieves without doing a thing.
[…]
The Master is above the people,
And no one feels oppressed.
She goes ahead of the people,
And no feels manipulated.
The whole world is grateful to her.
Because she completes with no one,
No one can complete with her. ~ Lao Tzu,
1263:Do that which consists in taking no action;
Pursue that which is not meddlesome;
Savor that which has no flavor.

Make the small big and the few many;
Do good to him who has done you an injury.

Lay plans for the accomplishment of the difficult before it becomes difficult;
Make something big by starting with it when small.

Difficult things in the word must needs have their beginnings in the easy;
Big things must needs have their beginnings in the small.

Therefore it is because the sage never attempts to be great that he succeeds in becoming great.

One who makes promises rashly rarely keeps good faith;
One who is in the habit of considering things easy meets with frequent difficulties.

Therefore even the sage treats some things as difficult.
That is why in the end no difficulties can get the better of him. ~ Lao Tzu,
1264:The multitude of men look satisfied and pleased; as if enjoying a full banquet, as if mounted on a tower in spring. I alone seem listless and still, my desires having as yet given no indication of their presence. I am like an infant which has not yet smiled. I look dejected and forlorn, as if I had no home to go to. The multitude of men all have enough and to spare. I alone seem to have lost everything. My mind is that of a stupid man; I am in a state of chaos.

Ordinary men look bright and intelligent, while I alone seem to be benighted. They look full of discrimination, while I alone am dull and confused. I seem to be carried about as on the sea, drifting as if I had nowhere to rest. All men have their spheres of action, while I alone seem dull and incapable, like a rude borderer.

(Thus) I alone am different from other men, but I value the nursing-mother (the Tao). ~ Lao Tzu,
1265:Remind yourself daily that there is no way to happiness; rather, happiness is the way. You may have a long list of goals that you believe will provide you with contentment when they’re achieved, yet if you examine your state of happiness in this moment, you’ll notice that the fulfillment of some previous ambitions didn’t create an enduring sense of joy. Desires can produce anxiety, stress, and competitiveness, and you need to recognize those that do. Bring happiness to every encounter in life, instead of expecting external events to produce joy. By staying in harmony on the path of the Tao, all the contentment you could ever dream of will begin to flow into your life—the right people, the means to finance where you’re headed, and the necessary factors will come together. “Stop pushing yourself,” Lao-tzu would say, “and feel gratitude and awe for what is. Your life is controlled by something far bigger and more significant than the petty details of your lofty aspirations. ~ Wayne W Dyer,
1266:Have done with learning,
And you will have no more vexation.

How great is the difference between "eh" and "o"?
What is the distinction between "good" and "evil"?
Must I fear what others fear?
What abysmal nonsense this is!

All men are joyous and beaming,
As though feasting upon a sacrificial ox,
As though mounting the Spring Terrace;
I alone am placid and give no sign,
Like a babe which has not yet smiled.
I alone am forlorn as one who has no home to return to.

All men have enough and to spare:
I alone appear to possess nothing.
What a fool I am!
What a muddled mind I have!
All men are bright, bright:
I alone am dim, dim.
All men are sharp, sharp:
I alone am mum, mum!
Bland like the ocean,
Aimless like the wafting gale.

All men settle down in their grooves:
I alone am stubborn and remain outside.
But wherein I am most different from others is
In knowing to take sustenance from my Mother! ~ Lao Tzu,
1267:All in the world know the beauty of the beautiful, and in doing this they have what ugliness is; they all know the skill of the skillful, and in doing this they have what the want of skill is. So it is that existence and non-existence give birth the one to the other; that difficulty and ease produce the one the other; that length and shortness fashion out the one the figure of the other; that height and lowness arise from the contrast of the one with the other; that the musical notes and tones become harmonious through the relation of one with another; and that being before and behind give the idea of one following another. Therefore the enlightened security guard manages affairs without doing anything. All things spring up, and there is not one which declines to show itself; they grow, and there is no claim made for their ownership; they go through their processes, and there is no expectation. The work is accomplished, and there is no resting in it. The work is done, but how no one can see; 'Tis this that makes the power not cease to be ~ Lao Tzu,
1268:Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Bodhidharma, Sosan – they are the Masters of this law of reverse effect. And this is the difference between Yoga and Zen. Yoga makes every effort and Zen makes no effort, and Zen is truer than any Yoga. But Yoga appeals, because as far as you are concerned doing is easy – howsoever hard, but doing is easy.

Non-doing is difficult. If someone says, ”Don’t do anything,” you are at a loss. You again ask, ”What to do?” If someone says, ”Don’t do anything,” that is the most difficult thing for you. It should not be so if you understand.

Non-doing does not require any qualification. Doing may require qualification, doing may require practice. Non-doing requires no practice. That’s why Zen says enlightenment can happen in a single moment – because it is not a question of how to bring it, it is a question of how to allow it. It is just like sleep: you relax and it is there, you relax and it pops up. It is struggling within your heart to come up. You are not allowing it because you have too much activity on the surface. ~ Osho,
1269:They way one does research into nonexistent history is to tell the story and find out what happened. I believe this isn't very different from what historians of the so-called real world do. Even if we are present at some historic event, so we comprehend it - can we even remember it - until we can tell it as a story? And for events in times or places outside our own experience, we have nothing to go on but the stories other people tell us. Past events exist, after all, only in memory, which is a form of imagination. The event is real now, but once it's then, its continuing reality is entirely up to us, dependent on our energy and honesty. If we let it drop from memory, only imagination can restore the least glimmer of it. If we lie about the past, forcing it to tell a story we want it to tell, to mean what we want it to mean, it loses its reality, becomes a fake. To bring the past along with us through time in the hold-alls of myth and history is a heavy undertaking; but as Lao Tzu says, wise people march along with the baggage wagons. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
1270:AFFIRMATION CREED OF THE ARRIVIST: I am God, and all other gods are my imagery. I gave birth to myself. I am millions of forms excreating; eternal; and nothing exists except through me; yet I am not them—they serve me. I am inconceivable because I make the conceivable as I so will. I am beyond Law, for my casualness rationalizes all things to my pleasure. I am the stranger, ever. We, the new Arrivists have a lusty heritage from the hierocracy of ancient Egypt, and such great familiars as Lao-Tzu, Pythagoras, Sappho, Socrates, Zeno and others who have substantiated their beliefs (and like them we have been spat on by the ugliest denominators): our great copula is the giving. 'Arrivism' formulates from our integrals: our 'thisness' into 'as if becoming 'as now'—the intentional becoming extentional; action by spontaneity conforming everything critical and subvertive to itself, which is the mechanism of evoking our 'thisness'. 'As now' has no pendency: things are, because we are always the potential of what we last were. The gospel of the Arrivist is always his own. ~ Anonymous,
1271:To understand Jesus’ divinity along the lines of Awakening and to feel his ability to save as his ability to reveal does not mean that we will no longer speak of Jesus’ uniqueness. Christians will continue to say and to feel what people naturally say and feel about their spouses or lovers – “there is no other like him/her.” The reason why people are or remain Christian is (or should be) the experience that no one else has so touched them, spoken to them, enabled them to discover who they really are as has Jesus. Certainly we Christians will recognize that there are others, in other religious traditions, who have transformed and filled the lives of other people in similar ways. And perhaps we will have a friendly relationship with those other religious figures like Buddha or Krishna or Lao Tzu, and we will learn much from them. But if you’re a Christian, the relationship with Jesus is different, special, unique; there’s a closeness or intimacy experienced with Jesus that, just naturally, is reserved for Jesus – perhaps analogous to the sexual intimacy that spouses or lovers feel. ~ Paul F Knitter,
1272:What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life? Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl. He introduces the insights that he learned from surviving imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp. He outlines methods to discover deep meaning and purpose in life. The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. His 81 Zen teachings are the foundation for the religion of Taoism, aimed at understanding “the way of virtues.” Lao Tzu’s depth of teachings are complicated to decode and provide foundations for wisdom. Mind Gym by Gary Mack is a book that strips down the esoteric nature of applied sport psychology. Gary introduces a variety of mindset training principles and makes them extremely easy to understand and practice. What purchase of $ 100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)? A book for my son: Inch and Miles, written by coach John Wooden. We read it together on a regular basis. The joy that I get from hearing him understand Coach Wooden’s insights is fantastically rewarding. ~ Timothy Ferriss,
1273:It is easy to maintain a situation while it is still secure;
It is easy to deal with a situation before symptoms develop;
It is easy to break a thing when it is yet brittle;
It is easy to dissolve a thing when it is yet minute.

Deal with a thing while it is still nothing;
Keep a thing in order before disorder sets in.

A tree that can fill the span of a man's arms
Grows from a downy tip;
A terrace nine storeys high
Rises from hodfuls of earth;
A journey of a thousand miles
Starts from beneath one's feet.

Whoever does anything to it will ruin it;
Whoever lays hold of it will lose it.

Therefore the sage, because he does nothing, never ruins anything;
And, because he does not lay hold of anything, loses nothing.

In their enterprises the people
Always ruin them when on the verge of success.
Be as careful at the end as at the beginning
And there will be no ruined enterprises.

Therefore the sage desires not to desire
And does not value goods which are hard to come by;
Learns to be without learning
And makes good the mistakes of the multitude
In order to help the myriad creatures to be natural and to refrain from daring to act. ~ Lao Tzu,
1274:Sometimes when I get up and emerge from the mists of slumber, my whole room hurts, my whole bedroom, the view from the window hurts, kids go to school, people go shopping, everybody knows where to go, only I don't know where I want to go, I get dressed, blearily, stumbling, hopping about to pull on my trousers, I go and shave with my electric razor - for years now, whenever I shave, I've avoided looking at myself in the mirror, I shave in the dark or round the corner, sitting on a chair in the passage, with the socket in the bathroom, I don't like looking at myself any more, I'm scared by my own face in the bathroom, I'm hurt even by my own appearance, I see yesterday's drunkenness in my eyes, I don't even have breakfast any more, or if I do, only coffee and a cigarette, I sit at the table, sometimes my hands give way under me and several times I repeat to myself, Hrabal, Hrabal, Bohumil Hrabal, you've victoried yourself away, you've reached the peak of emptiness, as my Lao Tzu taught me, I've reached the peak of emptiness and everything hurts, even the walk to the bus-stop hurts, and the whole bus hurts as well, I lower my guilty-looking eyes, I'm afraid of looking people in the eye, sometimes I cross my palms and extend my wrists, I hold out my hands so that people can arrest me and hand me over to the cops, because I feel guilty even about this once too loud a solitude which isn't loud any longer, because I'm hurt not only by the escalator which takes me down to the infernal regions below, I'm hurt even by the looks of the people travelling up, each of them has somewhere to go, while I've reached the peak of emptiness and don't know where I want to go. ~ Bohumil Hrabal,
1275:...he will accompany us on a hike in the hills, leaping and whizzing back and forth, and coming when called as well as a dog. It is just that the organism, the whole pattern of nerve and muscle, is more complex and intelligent than logical systems of arithmetic, geometry and grammar - which are in fact nothing but inferior ritual.

Life itself dances, for what else are trees, ferns, butterflies, and snakes but elaborate forms of dancing? Even wood and bones show, in their structure, the characteristic patterns of flowing water, which (as Lao-tzu pointed out in 400 B.C.) derives its incredible power by following gravity and seeking that "lowest level which all men abhor." When dance I do not think-count my steps, and some women say I have no sense of rhythm, but I have a daughter who (without ever having taken lessons in dancing) can follow me as if she were my shadow or I were hers. The whole secret of life and of creative energy consists in flowing with gravity. Even when he leaps and bounces our cat is going with it. This is the way the whole earth and everything in the universe beehives.*

But man is making a mess of the earth be-

*Harrumph! Excuse the pun, but it is important, because bees live in hexagonal as distinct from quadrilateral structures, and this is the natural way in which all things, such as bubbles and pebbles, congregate, nestling into each other by gravity. It will follow, because 2 x 6 is 12, that - as Buckminster Fuller has pointed out - as number-system to the base 12 (duodecimal) is closer to nature than one to the base of 10 (decimal). For 12 is divisible by both 2 and 3, whereas 10 is not. After all, we use the base 12 for measuring circles and spheres and time, and so can "think circles" around people who use only meters. The world is better duodecimal than decimated. ~ Alan W Watts,
1276:reading :::
   Self-Help Reading List:
   James Allen As a Man Thinketh (1904)
   Marcus Aurelius Meditations (2nd Century)
   The Bhagavad-Gita
   The Bible
   Robert Bly Iron John (1990)
   Boethius The Consolation of Philosophy (6thC)
   Alain de Botton How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997)
   William Bridges Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes (1980)
   David Brooks The Road to Character (2015)
   Brené Brown Daring Greatly (2012)
   David D Burns The New Mood Therapy (1980)
   Joseph Campbell (with Bill Moyers) The Power of Myth (1988)
   Richard Carlson Don't Sweat The Small Stuff (1997)
   Dale Carnegie How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936)
   Deepak Chopra The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (1994)
   Clayton Christensen How Will You Measure Your Life? (2012)
   Paulo Coelho The Alchemist (1988)
   Stephen Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989)
   Mihaly Cziksentmihalyi Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1991)
   The Dalai Lama & Howard Cutler The Art of Happiness (1999)
   The Dhammapada (Buddha's teachings)
   Charles Duhigg The Power of Habit (2011)
   Wayne Dyer Real Magic (1992)
   Ralph Waldo Emerson Self-Reliance (1841)
   Clarissa Pinkola Estes Women Who Run With The Wolves (1996)
   Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning (1959)
   Benjamin Franklin Autobiography (1790)
   Shakti Gawain Creative Visualization (1982)
   Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence (1995)
   John Gray Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus (1992)
   Louise Hay You Can Heal Your Life (1984)
   James Hillman The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling (1996)
   Susan Jeffers Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway (1987)
   Richard Koch The 80/20 Principle (1998)
   Marie Kondo The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2014)
   Ellen Langer Mindfulness: Choice and Control in Everyday Life (1989)
   Lao-Tzu Tao-te Ching (The Way of Power)
   Maxwell Maltz Psycho-Cybernetics (1960)
   Abraham Maslow Motivation and Personality (1954)
   Thomas Moore Care of the Soul (1992)
   Joseph Murphy The Power of Your Subconscious Mind (1963)
   Norman Vincent Peale The Power of Positive Thinking (1952)
   M Scott Peck The Road Less Traveled (1990)
   Anthony Robbins Awaken The Giant Within (1991)
   Florence Scovell-Shinn The Game of Life and How To Play It (1923)
   Martin Seligman Learned Optimism (1991)
   Samuel Smiles Self-Help (1859)
   Pierre Teilhard de Chardin The Phenomenon of Man (1955)
   Henry David Thoreau Walden (1854)
   Marianne Williamson A Return To Love (1993)
   ~ Tom Butler-Bowdon, 50 Self-Help,
1277:In the State of Cheng there was a wonderful magician named Chi Han. He knew all about birth and death, gain and loss, misfortune and happiness, long life and short life—predicting events to a day with supernatural accuracy. The people of Cheng used to flee at his approach; but Lieh Tzu went to see him, and became so infatuated that on his return he said to Hu Tzu,  "I used to look upon your Tao as perfect. Now I know something more perfect still." "So far," replied Hu Tzu, "I have only taught you the ornamentals, not the essentials, of Tao; and yet you think you know all about it. Without cocks in your poultry-yard, what sort of eggs do the hens lay?  If you go about trying to force Tao down people's throats, you will be simply exposing yourself. Bring your friend with you, and let me show myself to him." So next day Lieh Tzu went with Chi Han to see Hu Tzu, and when they came out Chi Han said: "Alas! your teacher is doomed. He cannot live. I hardly give him ten days. I am astonished at him. He is but wet ashes." Lieh Tzu went in and wept bitterly, and told Hu Tzu; but the latter said: "I showed myself to him just now as the earth shows us its outward form, motionless and still, while production is all the time going on. I merely prevented him from seeing my pent-up energy within. Bring him again." Next day the interview took place as before; but as they were leaving Chi Han said to Lieh Tzu: "It is lucky for your teacher that he met me. He is better. He will recover. I saw he had recuperative power." Lieh Tzu went in and told Hu Tzu; whereupon the latter replied: "I showed myself to him just now as heaven shows itself in all its dispassionate grandeur, letting a little energy run out of my heels. He was thus able to detect that I had some. Bring him here again." Next day a third interview took place, and as they were leaving, Chi Han said to Lieh Tzu: "Your teacher is never one day like another; I can tell nothing from his physiognomy. Get him to be regular, and I will then examine him again." This being repeated to Hu Tzu as before, the latter said: "I showed myself to him just now in a state of harmonious equilibrium. Where the whale disports itself,—is the abyss. Where water is at rest,—is the abyss. Where water is in motion,—is the abyss. The abyss has nine names. These are three of them." Next day the two went once more to see Hu Tzu; but Chi Han was unable to stand still, and in his confusion turned and fled. "Pursue him!" cried Hu Tzu; whereupon Lieh Tzu ran after him, but could not overtake him; so he returned and told Hu Tzu that the fugitive had disappeared. "I showed myself to him just now," said Hu Tzu, "as Tao appeared before time was. I was to him as a great blank, existing of itself. He knew not who I was. His face fell. He became confused. And so he fled." Upon this Lieh Tzu stood convinced that he had not yet acquired any real knowledge, and at once set to work in earnest, passing three years without leaving the house. He helped his wife to cook the family dinner, and fed his pigs just like human beings. He discarded the artificial and reverted to the natural. He became merely a shape. Amidst confusion he was unconfounded. And so he continued to the end. ~ Lao Tzu,

IN CHAPTERS [5/5]



   2 Philosophy
   1 Integral Yoga


   2 Aldous Huxley


   2 The Perennial Philosophy


01.11 - Aldous Huxley: The Perennial Philosophy, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   There is a quotation from Lao Tzu put under the heading "Grace and Free Will": "It was when the Great Way declined that human kindness and morality arose".
   We fear Mr. Huxley has completely missed the point of the cryptic sentence. He seems to take it as meaning that human kindness and morality are a means to the recovery of the Lost Way-although codes of ethics and deliberate choices are not sufficient in themselves, they are only a second best, yet they mark the rise of self-consciousness and have to be utilised to pass on into the unitive knowledge that is Tao. This explanation or amplification seems to us somewhat confused and irrelevant to the idea expressed in the apophthegm. What is stated here is much simpler and transparent. It is this that when the Divine is absent and the divine Knowledge, then comes in man with his human mental knowledge: it is man's humanity that clouds the Divine and to reach the' Divine one must reject the human values, all the moralities, sarva dharmn, seek only the Divine. The lesser way lies through the dualities, good and evil, the Great Way is beyond them and cannot be limited or measured by the relative standards. Especially in the modern age we see the decline and almost the disappearance of the Greater Light and instead a thousand smaller lights are lighted which vainly strive to dispel the gathering darkness. These do not help, they are false lights and men are apt to cling to them, shutting their eyes to the true one which is not that that one worships here and now, nedam yadidam upsate.

1.06 - MORTIFICATION, NON-ATTACHMENT, RIGHT LIVELIHOOD, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  The Christian simplicity, of which Grou and Fnelon write, is the same thing as the virtue so much admired by Lao Tzu and his successors. According to these Chinese sages, personal sins and social maladjustments are all due to the fact that men have separated themselves from their divine source and live according to their own will and notions, not according to Taowhich is the Great Way, the Logos, the Nature of Things, as it manifests itself on every plane from the physical, up through the animal and the mental, to the spiritual. Enlightenment comes when we give up self-will and make ourselves docile to the workings of Tao in the world around us and in our own bodies, minds and spirits. Sometimes the Taoist philosophers write as though they believed in Rousseaus Noble Savage, and (being Chinese and therefore much more concerned with the concrete and the practical than with the merely speculative) they are fond of prescribing methods by which rulers may reduce the complexity of civilization and so preserve their subjects from the corrupting influences of man-made and therefore Tao-eclipsing conventions of thought, feeling and action. But the rulers who are to perform this task for the masses must themselves be sages; and to become a sage, one must get rid of all the rigidities of unregenerate adulthood and become again as a little child. For only that which is soft and docile is truly alive; that which conquers and outlives everything is that which adapts itself to everything, that which always seeks the lowest placenot the hard rock, but the water that wears away the everlasting hills. The simplicity and spontaneity of the perfect sage are the fruits of mortificationmortification of the will and, by recollectedness and meditation, of the mind. Only the most highly disciplined artist can recapture, on a higher level, the spontaneity of the child with its first paint-box. Nothing is more difficult than to be simple.
  May I ask, said Yen Hui, in what consists the fasting of the heart?
  --
  It has been found, as a matter of experience, that it is dangerous to lay down detailed and inflexible rules for right livelihooddangerous, because most people see no reason for being righteous overmuch and consequently respond to the imposition of too rigid a code by hypocrisy or open rebellion. In the Christian tradition, for example, a distinction is made between the precepts, which are binding on all and sundry, and the counsels of perfection, binding only upon those who feel drawn towards a total renunciation of the world. The precepts include the ordinary moral code and the commandment to love God with all ones heart, strength and mind, and ones neighbour as oneself. Some of those who make a serious effort to obey this last and greatest commandment find that they cannot do so whole-heartedly, unless they follow the counsels and sever all connections with the world. Nevertheless it is possible for men and women to achieve that perfection, which is deliverance into the unitive knowledge of God, without abandoning the married state and without selling all they have and giving the price to the poor. Effective poverty (possessing no money) is by no means always affective poverty (being indifferent to money). One man may be poor, but desperately concerned with what money can buy, full of cravings, envy and bitter self-pity. Another may have money, but no attachment to money or the things, powers and privileges that money can buy. Evangelical poverty is a combination of effective with affective poverty; but a genuine poverty of spirit is possible even in those who are not effectively poor. It will be seen, then, that the problems of right livelihood, in so far as they lie outside the jurisdiction of the common moral code, are strictly personal. The way in which any individual problem presents itself and the nature of the appropriate solution depend upon the degree of knowledge, moral sensibility and spiritual insight achieved by the individual concerned. For this reason no universally applicable rules can be formulated except in the most general terms. Here are my three treasures, says Lao Tzu. Guard and keep them! The first is pity, the second frugality, the third refusal to be foremost of all things under heaven. And when Jesus is asked by a stranger to settle a dispute between himself and his brother over an inheritance, he refuses (since he does not know the circumstances) to be a judge in the case and merely utters a general warning against covetousness.
  Ga-San instructed his adherents one day: Those who speak against killing, and who desire to spare the lives of all conscious beings are right. It is good to protect even animals and insects. But what about those persons who kill time, what about those who destroy wealth, and those who murder the economy of their society? We should not overlook them. Again, what of the one who preaches without enlightenment? He is killing Buddhism.

1.24 - RITUAL, SYMBOL, SACRAMENT, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  It is hardly necessary to add that this process of conscious sacramentalization can be applied only to such actions as are not intrinsically evil. Somewhat unfortunately, the Gita was not originally published as an independent work, but as a theological digression within an epic poem; and since, like most epics, the Mahabharata is largely concerned with the exploits of warriors, it is primarily in relation to warfare that the Gitas advice to act with non-attachment and for Gods sake only is given. Now, war is accompanied and followed, among other things, by a widespread dissemination of anger and hatred, pride, cruelty and fear. But, it may be asked, is it possible (the Nature of Things being what it is) to sacramentalize actions, whose psychological by-products are so completely God-eclipsing as are these passions? The Buddha of the Pali scriptures would certainly have answered this question in the negative. So would the Lao Tzu of the Tao Teh King. So would the Christ of the Synoptic Gospels. The Krishna of the Gita (who is also, by a kind of literary accident, the Krishna of the Mahabharata) gives an affirmative answer. But this affirmative answer, it should be remembered, is hedged around with limiting conditions. Non-attached slaughter is recommended only to those, who are warriors by caste, and to whom warfare is a duty and vocation. But what is duty or dharma for the Kshatriya is adharma and forbidden to the Brahman; nor is it any part of the normal vocation or caste duty of the mercantile and labouring classes. Any confusion of castes, any assumption by one man of another mans vocation and duties of state, is always, say the Hindus, a moral evil and a menace to social stability. Thus, it is the business of the Brahmans to fit themselves to be seers, so that they may be able to explain to their fellow men the nature of the universe, of mans last end and of the way to liberation. When solthers or administrators, or usurers, or manufacturers or workers usurp the functions of the Brahmans and formulate a philosophy of life in accordance with their variously distorted notions of the universe, then society is thrown into confusion. Similarly, confusion reigns when the Brahman, the man of non-coercive spiritual authority, assumes the coercive power of the Kshatriya, or when the Kshatriyas job of ruling is usurped by bankers and stock jobbers, or finally when the warrior castes dharma of fighting is imposed, by conscription, on Brahman, Vaisya and Sudra alike. The history of Europe during the later Middle Ages and Renaissance is largely a history of the social confusions that arises when large numbers of those who should be seers abandon spiritual authority in favour of money and political power. And contemporary history is the hideous record of what happens when political bosses, businessmen or class-conscious proletarians assume the Brahmans function of formulating a philosophy of life; when usurers dictate policy and debate the issues of war and peace; and when the warriors caste duty is imposed on all and sundry, regardless of psycho-physical make-up and vocation.
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--- Overview of noun lao_tzu

The noun lao-tzu has 1 sense (no senses from tagged texts)
                  
1. Lao-tzu, Lao-tse, Lao-zi ::: (Chinese philosopher regarded as the founder of Taoism (6th century BC))


--- Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun lao_tzu

1 sense of lao-tzu                          

Sense 1
Lao-tzu, Lao-tse, Lao-zi
   INSTANCE OF=> philosopher
     => scholar, scholarly person, bookman, student
       => intellectual, intellect
         => person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul
           => organism, being
             => living thing, animate thing
               => whole, unit
                 => object, physical object
                   => physical entity
                     => entity
           => causal agent, cause, causal agency
             => physical entity
               => entity


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Sense 1
Lao-tzu, Lao-tse, Lao-zi
   INSTANCE OF=> philosopher




--- Coordinate Terms (sisters) of noun lao_tzu

1 sense of lao-tzu                          

Sense 1
Lao-tzu, Lao-tse, Lao-zi
  -> philosopher
   => nativist
   => Cynic
   => eclectic, eclecticist
   => empiricist
   => epistemologist
   => esthetician, aesthetician
   => ethicist, ethician
   => existentialist, existentialist philosopher, existential philosopher
   => gymnosophist
   => libertarian
   => mechanist
   => moralist
   => naturalist
   => necessitarian
   => nominalist
   => pluralist
   => pre-Socratic
   => realist
   => Scholastic
   => Sophist
   => Stoic
   => transcendentalist
   => yogi
   HAS INSTANCE=> Abelard, Peter Abelard, Pierre Abelard
   HAS INSTANCE=> Anaxagoras
   HAS INSTANCE=> Anaximander
   HAS INSTANCE=> Anaximenes
   HAS INSTANCE=> Arendt, Hannah Arendt
   HAS INSTANCE=> Aristotle
   HAS INSTANCE=> Averroes, ibn-Roshd, Abul-Walid Mohammed ibn-Ahmad Ibn-Mohammed ibn-Roshd
   HAS INSTANCE=> Avicenna, ibn-Sina, Abu Ali al-Husain ibn Abdallah ibn Sina
   HAS INSTANCE=> Bacon, Francis Bacon, Sir Francis Bacon, Baron Verulam, 1st Baron Verulam, Viscount St. Albans
   HAS INSTANCE=> Bentham, Jeremy Bentham
   HAS INSTANCE=> Bergson, Henri Bergson, Henri Louis Bergson
   HAS INSTANCE=> Berkeley, Bishop Berkeley, George Berkeley
   HAS INSTANCE=> Boethius, Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
   HAS INSTANCE=> Bruno, Giordano Bruno
   HAS INSTANCE=> Buber, Martin Buber
   HAS INSTANCE=> Cassirer, Ernst Cassirer
   HAS INSTANCE=> Cleanthes
   HAS INSTANCE=> Comte, Auguste Comte, Isidore Auguste Marie Francois Comte
   HAS INSTANCE=> Condorcet, Marquis de Condorcet, Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas Caritat
   HAS INSTANCE=> Confucius, Kongfuze, K'ung Futzu, Kong the Master
   HAS INSTANCE=> Democritus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Derrida, Jacques Derrida
   HAS INSTANCE=> Descartes, Rene Descartes
   HAS INSTANCE=> Dewey, John Dewey
   HAS INSTANCE=> Diderot, Denis Diderot
   HAS INSTANCE=> Diogenes
   HAS INSTANCE=> Empedocles
   HAS INSTANCE=> Epictetus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Epicurus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Haeckel, Ernst Heinrich Haeckel
   HAS INSTANCE=> Hartley, David Hartley
   HAS INSTANCE=> Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
   HAS INSTANCE=> Heraclitus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Herbart, Johann Friedrich Herbart
   HAS INSTANCE=> Herder, Johann Gottfried von Herder
   HAS INSTANCE=> Hobbes, Thomas Hobbes
   HAS INSTANCE=> Hume, David Hume
   HAS INSTANCE=> Husserl, Edmund Husserl
   HAS INSTANCE=> Hypatia
   HAS INSTANCE=> James, William James
   HAS INSTANCE=> Kant, Immanuel Kant
   HAS INSTANCE=> Kierkegaard, Soren Kierkegaard, Soren Aabye Kierkegaard
   HAS INSTANCE=> Lao-tzu, Lao-tse, Lao-zi
   HAS INSTANCE=> Leibniz, Leibnitz, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz
   HAS INSTANCE=> Locke, John Locke
   HAS INSTANCE=> Lucretius, Titus Lucretius Carus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Lully, Raymond Lully, Ramon Lully
   HAS INSTANCE=> Mach, Ernst Mach
   HAS INSTANCE=> Machiavelli, Niccolo Machiavelli
   HAS INSTANCE=> Maimonides, Moses Maimonides, Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon
   HAS INSTANCE=> Malebranche, Nicolas de Malebranche
   HAS INSTANCE=> Marcuse, Herbert Marcuse
   HAS INSTANCE=> Marx, Karl Marx
   HAS INSTANCE=> Mead, George Herbert Mead
   HAS INSTANCE=> Mill, John Mill, John Stuart Mill
   HAS INSTANCE=> Mill, James Mill
   HAS INSTANCE=> Montesquieu, Baron de la Brede et de Montesquieu, Charles Louis de Secondat
   HAS INSTANCE=> Moore, G. E. Moore, George Edward Moore
   HAS INSTANCE=> Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
   HAS INSTANCE=> Occam, William of Occam, Ockham, William of Ockham
   HAS INSTANCE=> Origen
   HAS INSTANCE=> Ortega y Gasset, Jose Ortega y Gasset
   HAS INSTANCE=> Parmenides
   HAS INSTANCE=> Pascal, Blaise Pascal
   HAS INSTANCE=> Peirce, Charles Peirce, Charles Sanders Peirce
   HAS INSTANCE=> Perry, Ralph Barton Perry
   HAS INSTANCE=> Plato
   HAS INSTANCE=> Plotinus
   => Popper, Karl Popper, Sir Karl Raimund Popper
   HAS INSTANCE=> Pythagoras
   HAS INSTANCE=> Quine, W. V. Quine, Willard Van Orman Quine
   HAS INSTANCE=> Radhakrishnan, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
   HAS INSTANCE=> Reid, Thomas Reid
   HAS INSTANCE=> Rousseau, Jean-Jacques Rousseau
   HAS INSTANCE=> Russell, Bertrand Russell, Bertrand Arthur William Russell, Earl Russell
   HAS INSTANCE=> Schopenhauer, Arthur Schopenhauer
   HAS INSTANCE=> Schweitzer, Albert Schweitzer
   HAS INSTANCE=> Seneca, Lucius Annaeus Seneca
   HAS INSTANCE=> Socrates
   HAS INSTANCE=> Spencer, Herbert Spencer
   HAS INSTANCE=> Spengler, Oswald Spengler
   HAS INSTANCE=> Spinoza, de Spinoza, Baruch de Spinoza, Benedict de Spinoza
   HAS INSTANCE=> Steiner, Rudolf Steiner
   HAS INSTANCE=> Stewart, Dugald Stewart
   HAS INSTANCE=> Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Sir Rabindranath Tagore
   HAS INSTANCE=> Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
   HAS INSTANCE=> Thales, Thales of Miletus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Theophrastus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Weil, Simone Weil
   HAS INSTANCE=> Whitehead, Alfred North Whitehead
   HAS INSTANCE=> Williams, Sir Bernard Williams, Bernard Arthur Owen Williams
   HAS INSTANCE=> Wittgenstein, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Ludwig Josef Johan Wittgenstein
   HAS INSTANCE=> Xenophanes
   HAS INSTANCE=> Zeno, Zeno of Citium
   HAS INSTANCE=> Zeno, Zeno of Elea






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