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Lao Tzu quotes

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

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.

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.

To see things in the seed, that is genius.

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.

One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.

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.

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.

Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.

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

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.

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

He who talks more is sooner exhausted.