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Lao Tzu quotes

If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.

Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.

To see things in the seed, that is genius.

He who knows himself is enlightened.

Without stirring abroad, One can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window One can see the way of heaven. The further one goes The less one knows.

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.

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves.'

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.

To lead people walk behind them.

Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.

To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.

Nature is not human hearted.

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.

He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.