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Lao Tzu quotes

The words of truth are always paradoxical.

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.

From caring comes courage.

I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any.

The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.

All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.

Because of a great love, one is courageous.

Be the chief but never the lord.

The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.

He who is contented is rich.

Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.

The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.

One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.

A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.

Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.

He who talks more is sooner exhausted.

The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.

The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, 'We did it ourselves.'