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    The one who is conscious (in Tao) can't speak. The one who can speak is not conscious (centered in Tao)
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: men 
     
    The Tao doesn't take sides; it gives birth to both good and evil. The Master doesn't take sides; she welcomes both saints and sinners. The Tao is like a bellows: it is empty yet infinitely capable. The more you use it, the more it produces; the more you talk of it, the less you understand. Hold on to the center.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: earth  alone  knowing  mother  heaven 
     
    Those who do not trust enough should not be trusted.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: virtue 
     
    He who stands on tiptoe is not steady. He who strides cannot maintain the pace. He who makes a show is not enlightened. He who is self-righteous is not respected. He who boasts achieves nothing. He who brags will not endure. According to followers of the Tao, "These are extra food and unnecessary luggage." They do not bring happiness, therefore followers of the Tao avoid them.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: world 
     
    That which shrinks must first expand.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: people 
     
    The more weapons of violence, the more misery to mankind. The triumph of violence ends in a festival of mourning.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: people  help 
     
    Everything in the universe is created from something, which in turn is created from nothing.
    — Lao Tzu
    Lay plans for the accomplishment of the difficult before it becomes difficult; make something big by starting with it when small.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: law 
     
    Because of deep love, one is courageous. Because of frugality, one is generous. Because of not daring to be ahead of the world, one becomes the leader of the world.
    — Lao Tzu
    Everything will settle in its own place automatically.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: nature  self  mind 
     
    If you really want everything, then give up everything.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: nature 
     
    He who knows, knows not. He who knows not, knows.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: powerful  control 
     
    The one who does not stray away from her/his nature will live long.
    — Lao Tzu
    The surest test if a person be sane, is if she accepts life whole, as it is.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: leader 
     
    Nature does not have to insist.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: people 
     
    It's hard to keep your balance standing tip-toe.
    — Lao Tzu
    I have three treasures which I hold and keep. The first is mercy; the second is economy. The third is daring not to be ahead of others. From mercy comes courage; from economy comes generosity; From humility comes leadership.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: future 
     
    He who controls the past controls the future.
    — Lao Tzu
    That the soft overcomes the hard, and the yielding overcomes the resistant, is a fact known by all, but practiced by few.
    — Lao Tzu
    How do I become still?By flowing with the stream.
    — Lao Tzu
    What resists, persists.
    — Lao Tzu
    It is better not to make merit a matter of reward Lest people conspire and contend.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: work  world  sage  heaven 
     
    Nature's way is simple and easy, but men prefer the intricate and artificial.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: self  knowing  strength 
     
    Take care of what is difficult while it is still easy, and deal with what will become big while it is yet small.
    — Lao Tzu
    The moment truth is asserted, it becomes false.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: courage 
     
    If the majority doesn't laugh at you, beware that you must be saying something wrong. When the majority thinks you are a fool, only then is there some possibility of you being a wise man.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: truth 
     
    Only those who leisurely approach that which the masses are busy about can be busy about that which the masses take leisurely.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: trust 
     
    Those who would take over the earth and shape it to their will, never, I notice succeed.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: heart  passion 
     
    The real is empty and the empty real
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: death 
     
    If one desires to receive one must first give. This is called profound understanding.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: respect 
     
    Use your own light and return to the source of light. This is called practicing eternity.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: people  law 
     
    A man is born gentle and weak. At death he is hard and stiff.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: law 
     
    The sage does not attempt anything very big, and thus achieves greatness.
    — Lao Tzu
    A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step - Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: nature  self  mind 
     
    One who lives in accordance with nature does not go against the way of things but moves in harmony with the present moment.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: nature 
     
    Kindness in thinking creates profundity. Kindness in giving creates love.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: powerful  control 
     
    The man of knowledge acquires something new everyday, and the man of Tao lets go of something new every day.
    — Lao Tzu
    Tao in the world is like a river flowing home to the sea.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: leader 
     
    Clay is molded to form a cup, But it is on its non-being that the utility of the cup depends. Doors and windows are cut out to make a room, But it is on its non-being that the utility of the room depends. Therefore turn being into advantage, and turn non-being into utility.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: people 
     
    As long as we have hope, we have direction, the energy to move, and the map to move by. We have a hundred alternatives, a thousand paths and an infinity of dreams. Hopeful, we are halfway to where we want to go; hopeless, we are lost forever.
    — Lao Tzu
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