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    Eliminate mental muddiness and obscurity; keep your mind crystal clear. Allow your pure original insight to emerge. Quiet your emotions and abide in serenity. Don't go crazy with the worship of idols, images, and ideas; this is like putting a new head on top of the head you already have. Remember: if you can cease all restless activity, your integral nature will appear.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: future  past  control 
     
    Virtue in its grandest aspect is neither more nor less than following reason.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: facts 
     
    Misfortune is the root of good fortune; good fortune gives birth to misfortune.
    — Lao Tzu
    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
    Abandon learning and there will be no sorrow.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: people 
     
    There is no greater sin than desire, No greater curse than discontent, No greater misfortune than wanting something for oneself. Therefore he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: nature  men 
     
    Don't think you can attain total awareness and whole enlightenment without proper discipline and practice. This is egomania. Appropriate rituals channel your emotions and life energy toward the light. Without the discipline to practice them, you will tumble constantly backward into darkness.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: care 
     
    Bend and you will be straight.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: truth  moment 
     
    Love is the greatest link that we have with those who have temporarily left us.
    — Lao Tzu
    Mask your brightness. Be at one with the dust of the earth. This is primal union.
    — Lao Tzu
    Can you be still and look inside?If so, then you know the truth is always available, and always responsive.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: earth 
     
    Highest good is like water. Because water excels in benefiting the myriad creatures without contending with them and settles where none would like to be, it comes closest to the way.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: real 
     
    What man has more than enough and gives it to the world? Only the man of Tao.
    — Lao Tzu
    The ego is entranced by ... names and ideas... However names and concepts only block your perception of this Great Oneness. Therefore it is wise to ignore them. Those who live inside their egos are continually bewildered.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: eternity 
     
    Be empty. Be still. Just watch everything come and go. This is the way of Nature.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: death  men 
     
    If you want to accord with the Tao, just do your job, then let go.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: living 
     
    It is wealth to be content.
    — Lao Tzu
    Sages do not accumulate for themselves. The more they give to others, the more they possess of their own. The way of Heaven is to benefit others and not to injure.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: water 
     
    Guns don't kill people - people do.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: clarity  water 
     
    To know how little one knows is to have genuine knowledge. Not to know how little one knows is to be deluded. Only those who know when they are deluded can free themselves from such delusion. The intelligent people are not deluded, because they know and accept their ignorance as ignorance, and thereby have genuine knowledge.
    — Lao Tzu
    A violent wind does not outlast the morning; a squall of rain does not outlast the day. Such is the course of Nature. And if Nature herself cannot sustain her efforts long, how much less can man!
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: nature  people  law  balance  harmony 
     
    To produce things and to rear them,To produce, but not to take possession of them,To act, but not to rely on one's own ability,To lead them, but not to master them -This is called profound and secret virtue.
    — Lao Tzu
    In the Way of Heaven, there is no partiality of love; it is always on the side of the good man.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: death  awake  god  afraid 
     
    Trustable words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not trustable.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: world  attention 
     
    Empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace. Watch the turmoil of beings, but contemplate their return.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: truth 
     
    If you close your mind in judgements and traffic with desires, your heart will be troubled. If you keep your mind from judging and aren't led by the senses, your heart will find peace.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: leader 
     
    Yet mystery and reality emerge from the same source.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: truth  action 
     
    The universe is deathless; Is deathless because, having no finite self, it stays infinite. A sound man by not advancing himself stays the further ahead of himself, By not confining himselfto himself sustains himself outside himself: By never being an end in himself he endlessly becomes himself.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: happiness  health  self  key  real  success 
     
    Since before time and space were, the Tao is. It is beyond is and is not.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: work 
     
    Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
    — Lao Tzu
    To conquer others is to have power, to conquer yourself is to know the way.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: dog 
     
    The tree which fills the arms grew from the tiniest sprout...
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: water 
     
    A violent wind does not last for a whole morning...
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    The skillful traveller leaves no traces of his wheels...
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: men 
     
    Conquering others takes force, conquering yourself is true strength.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: world 
     
    Give up your relentless moralizing, the continual pinpricks which pierce the skin of your fellows. The distinction between good and evil is the sickness of the mind. Give up your morals, and the people will regain a love of their fellows.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: advantage 
     
    The wise man knows without traveling.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: forever  energy  lost  hope  dreams  path 
     
    A journey of a thousand miles starts in front of your feet.A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.A journey of a thousand miles starts in front of your feet.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: people  live  earth  wise  heaven 
     
    [The Master] doesn't glitter like a jewel... [but is] as rugged and common as a stone.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: master 
     
    To know one's ignorance is the best part of knowledge.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: living 
     
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