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    As restrictions and prohibitions are multiplied the people grow poorer and poorer. When they are subjected to overmuch government, the land is thrown into confusion.
    — Lao Tzu
    The heavy is the root of the light. The tranquil is the ruler of the hasty.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: water 
     
    The Eternal generates the One. The One generates the Two. The Two generates the Three. The Three generates all things.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: clarity  water 
     
    All things in the world come from being. And being comes from non-being.
    — Lao Tzu
    When you accept yourself, the Universe accepts you.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: nature  people  law  balance  harmony 
     
    If you search everywhere, yet cannot find what you are seeking, it is because what you seek is already in your possession.
    — Lao Tzu
    The master understands that the universe is forever out of control
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: death  awake  god  afraid 
     
    A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step and if that step is the right step, it becomes the last step.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: world  attention 
     
    Let muddy water stand and it will become clear.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: truth 
     
    Fail to honor people, they fail to honor you.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: leader 
     
    Leadership is your ability to hide your panic from others.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: truth  action 
     
    We desire to understand the world by giving names to the things we see, but these things are only the effects of something subtle.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: happiness  health  self  key  real  success 
     
    What is strong and rigid is snapped and laid low. What is flexible and soft will always prevail.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: time 
     
    What is a good man but a bad man's teacher? What is a bad man but a good man's job? If you do not remember this, You will get lost, No matter how intelligent you are. It is the great secret.
    — Lao Tzu
    Those who know do not speak; Those who speak do not know. Stop up the openings, Close down the doors, Rub off the sharp edges. Unravel all confusion. Harmonize the light, Give up contention: This is called finding the unity of life.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: men  wise 
     
    Things are not worth attending to, yet they have to be attended to.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: strength 
     
    The words of truth are always paradoxical. To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: beauty  evil  people  world 
     
    To know others is to have knowledge. To know yourself is to be enlightened.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: men 
     
    The good leader carries water for his people.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: earth  alone  knowing  mother  heaven 
     
    Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil. Therefore having and not having arise together. Difficult and easy complement each other. Long and short contrast each other. High and low rest upon each other. Voice and sound harmonize each other. Front and back follow one another.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: virtue 
     
    Those who make their living by collecting taxes cause the people to starve; when the people starve, the tax collectors, having no one to tax, starve also
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: world 
     
    Knowing ignorance is strength; ignoring knowledge is sickness.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: people 
     
    Standing on "tip toe", one stands not firmly. Straining in stride, one cannot walk far. Flaunting of deeds, one is unfavorably noticed. Being self-righteous, one is not respected. Boasting of self, one's merit is unrecognized. Glorifying of self, one loses the opportunity for greatness. From the viewpoint of Tao These represent imperfect Te, Valued as are filth or disease.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: people  help 
     
    The seed of mystery lies in muddy water. How can I perceive this mystery? Water becomes clear through stillness. How can I become still? By flowing with the stream.
    — Lao Tzu
    Act non-action; undertake no undertaking; taste the tasteless.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: men  space  wise 
     
    Nature is not anthropomorphic.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: people  work  leader 
     
    The Tao that can be spoken is not the true Tao.
    — Lao Tzu
    When you are sick of your sickness you will cease to be sick.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: world  strong  water 
     
    The natural laws of the universe are inviolable... what you say and do determines what happens in your life... You are the master of your life and death. What you do is what you are.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: truth 
     
    The transformation toward eternal life is gradual. The heavy gross energy of body, mind, and spirit must first be purified and uplifted. When the energy ascends... then self mastery can be sought.
    — Lao Tzu
    To attain to the human form must always be a source of joy. And then to undergo continuous transitions, with only the infinite to look forward to: what incomparable bliss is that!
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: men 
     
    Conclusions are ignorance arrested on the path to less ignorance.
    — Lao Tzu
    The mature person perceives the fruitlessness of rigid, external methodologies.
    — Lao Tzu
    Complete your task. Seek no reward. Make no claims. Without faltering fully choose to do what you must do.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: wishes 
     
    Words have divided man from woman,one from another, this from that,until only sages know how to put things together.Without words, without even understanding,lovers find each other.The moment of finding is always a surprise,like meeting an old friend never before known.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: earth  stories 
     
    He who defends with love will be secure; Heaven will save him, and protect him with love.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: time 
     
    When you extend your goodwill in every direction, regardless of circumstances, you begin to see that we are all one.
    — Lao Tzu
    Going forward seems like retreat ...
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: men  wise 
     
    He who prides himself upon wealth and honor hastens his own downfall.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: strength 
     
    He who walks on tip-toe does not walk on solid ground.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: beauty  evil  people  world 
     
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