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Lao Tzu quotes

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.

When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.

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.

If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.

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.

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.

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.

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.

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.

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.

He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.

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.

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.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.

Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it.

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.