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    Spokes unite in the hub of a wheel.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: people  work  leader 
     
    When the hares have all been caught, the hunting dogs are cooked.
    — Lao Tzu
    A whale out of water is over-run by ants.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: men  victory 
     
    Without going outside, you may know the whole world, without looking through the window, you may see the ways of heaven. The farther you go, the less you know. Thus the sage knows without traveling; he sees without looking; he works without doing.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: power  fools 
     
    Knowing others is wisdom; Knowing the self is enlightenment; Mastering others requires force; Mastering the self needs strength.
    — Lao Tzu
    He who is contented is rich.
    — Lao Tzu
    From caring comes courage.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: peace  water 
     
    The highest truth cannot be put into words.
    — Lao Tzu
    Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.
    — Lao Tzu
    Life and death are one thread,the same line viewed from different sides.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: happiness 
     
    When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: world  action  advantage 
     
    The more prohibitions there are, the poorer the people will be. The more laws are promulgated, the more thieves and bandits there will be.
    — Lao Tzu
    The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: water 
     
    Simplicity, patience, compassion.These three are your greatest treasures.Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are.Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.
    — Lao Tzu
    Empty yourself of everything.Let the mind become still.The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return.They grow and flourish and then return to the source.Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.
    — Lao Tzu
    Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: service 
     
    He who knows much about others may be learned, but he who understands himself is more intelligent. He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
    — Lao Tzu
    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.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: creative  heaven 
     
    Superior leaders get things done with very little motion. They impart instruction not through many words, but through a few deeds. They keep informed about everything but interfere hardly at all. They are catalysts, and though things would not get done as well if they were not there, when they succeed they take no credit. And, because they take no credit, credit never leaves them.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: kindness  giving 
     
    To lead people, walk behind them.
    — Lao Tzu
    To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: nature  world  human  year 
     
    That which is achieved the most, still has the whole of its future yet to be achieved.
    — Lao Tzu
    If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: death  men  birth 
     
    For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: men  facts  sorry 
     
    A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: secret  wishes  stories  success  year 
     
    He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: people  work  leader 
     
    To practice virtue is to selflessly offer assistance to others, giving without limitation one's time, abilities, and possessions in service, whenever and wherever needed, without prejudice concerning the identity of those in need.
    — Lao Tzu
    Gentleness brings victory to him who attacks, and safety to him who defends. Those whom Heaven would save, it fences round with gentleness.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: men  victory 
     
    The Sage expects no recognition for what he does; he achieves merit but does not take it to himself; he does not wish to display his worth.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: power  fools 
     
    Therefore the Sage, wishing to be above the people, must by his words put himself below them; wishing to be before the people, he must put himself behind them. In this way, though he has his place above them, the people do not feel his weight; though he has his place before them, they do not feel it as an injury. Therefore all mankind delight to exalt him, and weary of him not.
    — Lao Tzu
    The reason why rivers and seas are able to be lords over a hundred mountain streams, is that they know how to keep below them. That is why they are able to reign over all the mountain streams.
    — Lao Tzu
    What makes a kingdom great is its being like a down-flowing river,-the central point towards which all the smaller streams under Heaven converge; or like the female throughout the world, who by quiescence always overcomes the male. And quiescence is a form of humility.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: care 
     
    Thus it is that "Some things are increased by being diminished, others are diminished by being increased." What others have taught, I also teach; verily, I will make it the root of my teaching.
    — Lao Tzu
    He who is great must make humility his base. He who is high must make lowliness his foundation. Thus, princes and kings in speaking of themselves use the terms "lonely," "friendless," "of small account." Is not this making humility their base?
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: men  earth  stories 
     
    He who, conscious of being strong, is content to be weak, he shall be the paragon of mankind. Being the paragon of mankind, Virtue will never desert him. He returns to the state of a little child.
    — Lao Tzu
    He that humbles himself shall be preserved entire. He that bends shall be made straight. He that is empty shall be filled. He that is worn out shall be renewed. He who has little shall succeed. He who has much shall go astray.
    — Lao Tzu
    Goodness strives not, and therefore it is not rebuked.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: nature  human 
     
    Men are born soft and supple; dead, they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: growth  key 
     
    ALL things in Nature work silently. They come into being and possess nothing. They fulfil their functions and make no claim.
    — Lao Tzu
    When merit has been achieved, do not take it to yourself; for if you do not take it to yourself, it shall never be taken from you.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: value 
     
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