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    Do not look only at yourself, and you will see much. Do not justify yourself, and you will be distinguished. Do not brag, and you will have merit. Do not be prideful, and your work will endure.
    — Lao Tzu
    Have patience. Wait until the mud settles and the water is clear. Remain unmoving until right action arises by itself.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: time  law  worship 
     
    The best way to manage anything is by making use of its own nature.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: men  wise 
     
    The best leaders are those their people hardly know exist.The next best is a leader who is loved and praised.Next comes the one who is feared.The worst one is the leader that is despised ...The best leaders value their words, and use them sparingly.When they have accomplished their task,the people say, "Amazing!We did it, all by ourselves!
    — Lao Tzu
    Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.
    — Lao Tzu
    Without opening your door, you can open your heart to the world. Without looking out your window, you can see the essence of the Tao. The more you know, the less you understand. The Master arrives without leaving, sees the light without looking, achieves without doing a thing.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: peace  heart 
     
    Your name or your body, what is dearer? Your body or your wealth, what is worthier?
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: memory  ideas 
     
    The fourth (of the four cardinal virtues) is supportiveness: this manifests as service to others without expectation of reward. (Paraphrased: Such service is not a mere conforming to some external rule of behavior, but instead a manifestation of your original nature).
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: heaven 
     
    New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.
    — Lao Tzu
    Kind words elicit trust. Kind thoughts create depth. Kind deeds bring love.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: men  reality  live 
     
    If you attach yourself to gross energies - loving this person, hating that clan, rejecting one experience or habitually indulging in another - then you will lead a series of heavy, attached lives. This can go on for a very long and tedious time.
    — Lao Tzu
    Truly, only those who see illness as illness can avoid illness.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: future  moment  right  positive  goal 
     
    If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be truly fulfilled.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: soul 
     
    Not all spiritual paths lead to the harmonious Oneness. Indeed, most are detours and distractions, nothing more.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: sage 
     
    If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away. Awaken him with your words, elevate him with your deeds, repay his injury with your kindness. Do not cast him away; cast away his wickedness.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: moment 
     
    Goodness in words creates trust, goodness in thinking creates depth, goodness in giving creates love.
    — Lao Tzu
    He who has achieved this state Is unconcerned with friends and enemies, With good and harm, with honor and disgrace. This therefore is the highest state of man.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: power  true 
     
    Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: nature 
     
    Those who are right do not argue. Those who argue are not right.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: friends  wrong 
     
    Learn to lead in a nourishing manner. Learn to lead without being possessive. Learn to be helpful without taking the credit. Learn to lead without coercion.
    — Lao Tzu
    I am at peace, and people become fair by themselves.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: sage  fail 
     
    He who stands on tiptoe doesn't stand firm. He who rushes ahead doesn't go far. He who tries to shine dims his own light. He who defines himself can't know who he really is. He who has power over others can't empower himself. He who clings to his work will create nothing that endures.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: mastery  strength 
     
    For all things difficult to acquire, the intelligent man works with perseverance.
    — Lao Tzu
    Every step is on the path.
    — Lao Tzu
    Use justice to rule a country. Use surprise to wage war. Use non-action to govern the world.
    — Lao Tzu
    Therefore the Sage embraces Unity, and is a model for all under Heaven. He is free from self-display, therefore he shines forth; from self-assertion, therefore he is distinguished; from self-glorification, therefore he has merit; from self-exaltation, therefore he rises superior to all. Inasmuch as he does not strive, there is no one in the world who can strive with him.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: time  law  worship 
     
    Misery is what happiness rests upon. Happiness is what misery lurks beneath.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: men  wise 
     
    He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.
    — Lao Tzu
    Sometimes gain comes from losing, and sometimes loss comes from gaining.
    — Lao Tzu
    Force is followed by loss of strength. This is not the way of the Tao. That which goes against the Tao comes to an early end.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: peace  heart 
     
    He who gains a victory over other men is strong; but he who gains a victory over himself is all powerful.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: memory  ideas 
     
    Perfection is the willingness to be imperfect.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: heaven 
     
    The sage is not ill, because he sees illness as illness.
    — Lao Tzu
    When you stand with your two feet on the ground, you will always keep your balance.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: men  reality  live 
     
    Hope and fear are both phantoms that arise from thinking of the self. When we don't see the self as self, what do we have to fear?
    — Lao Tzu
    A skillful commander is not overbearing. A skillful fighter does not become angry. A skillful conqueror does not compete with people. One who is skillful in using men puts himself below them. This is called the strength to use men. This is called matching Heaven, The highest principle of old.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: time  master  dark  space  mind  ideas 
     
    To understand the limitation of things, desire them.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: death  men  work  master  sleep  moment  body  illusion  die  mind 
     
    Those who understand others are clever, those who understand themselves are wise.
    — Lao Tzu
    Because of a great love, one is courageous.
    — Lao Tzu
    Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: strong 
     
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