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    The softest of stuff in the world, penetrates quickly the hardest, insubstantial, it enters where there is no room...
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: experience 
     
    When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, and dignified as a king. Immersed in wonder, you can deal with whatever life brings you, and when death comes, you are ready.
    — Lao Tzu
    Stop thinking, and end your problems. What difference between yes and no? What difference between success and failure? Must you value what others value, avoid what others avoid? How ridiculous!
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: journey 
     
    A good person is the bad person's teacher. A bad person is the good person's task.
    — Lao Tzu
    The value of teaching without words and accomplishing without action is understood by few in the world.
    — Lao Tzu
    If you understand others you are smart.If you understand yourself you are illuminated.If you overcome others you are powerful.If you overcome yourself you have strength.If you know how to be satisfied you are rich.If you can act with vigor, you have a will.If you don't lose your objectives you can be long-lasting.If you die without loss, you are eternal.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: strong  rain 
     
    Do you imagine the universe is agitated? Go into the desert at night and look out at the stars. This practice should answer the question..... The master settles her mind as the universe settles the stars in the sky. By connecting her mind with the subtle origin, she calms it. Once calmed, it naturally expands, and ultimately her mind becomes as vast and immeasurable as the night sky.
    — Lao Tzu
    Who is unhappy with little, won't be with much; who doesn't appreciate the small won't be able to take care of the large; who doesn't have enough with enough is at the margin or virtue, for the physical body lives from one day to another and if it gets what it really needs, there will be time for meditation, as long as if we try to give it everything it desires, endless will be the task.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: danger 
     
    Develop the strength of a man, but live as gently as a woman
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: desires  peace  freedom 
     
    Use the light that is in you to recover your natural clearness of sight
    — Lao Tzu
    It (Tao) is eternally without desire. So, it can be called small. All things return to it, although it does not make itself their ruler. So, it can be called great.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: loving  courage  strength 
     
    Try to change it and you will ruin it. Try to hold it and you will lose it.
    — Lao Tzu
    Allow your softer, more intuitive, and less dominating feminine qualities to rise to the fore, so that you're surrendering rather than dominating, receiving rather than broadcasting, loving rather than fighting.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: people 
     
    The sage is sharp but does not cut, pointed but does not pierce, forthright but does not offend, bright but does not dazzle.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: world 
     
    Those who know it do not speak about it. Those who speak about it do not know it.
    — Lao Tzu
    Because every portion of the body, mind, and spirit yearns for the integration of yin and yang, angelic intercourse is led by the spirit rather than the sexual organs. . . . Where ordinary intercourse unites sex organs with sex organs, angelic cultivation unites spirit with spirit, mind with mind, and every cell of one body with every cell of the other body.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: strong  rules  water 
     
    When goodness is lost, it is replaced by morality.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: live  thinking 
     
    Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.
    — Lao Tzu
    When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: time  master  dark  space  mind  ideas 
     
    Although most people spend their entire lives following this biological impulse (i.e. the sex drive), it is only a tiny portion of our beings. . . . If we remain obsessed with seeds and eggs, we are married to the fertile reproductive valley of the Mysterious Mother but not to her immeasurable heart and all-knowing mind.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: death  men  work  master  sleep  moment  body  illusion  die  mind 
     
    The superior student listens to the Way and follows it closely. The average student listens to the Way and follows some and some not. The lesser student listens to the Way and laughs out loud. If there were no laughter it would not be the Way.
    — Lao Tzu
    Can you let go of words and ideas, attitudes and expectations? If so, then the Tao will loom into view.
    — Lao Tzu
    The great Way is all-pervading. It reaches to the left and to the right. All things depend on it with their existence. Still it demands no obedience.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: strong 
     
    Never take over the world to tamper with it. Those who want to tamper with it are not fit to take over the world.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: experience 
     
    Not praising the deserving prevents envy.
    — Lao Tzu
    First and last follow each other.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: journey 
     
    It is hidden but always present.
    — Lao Tzu
    A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving. A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants. A good scientist has freed himself of concepts and keeps his mind open to what is.
    — Lao Tzu
    The Tao is told is not the Tao.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: strong  rain 
     
    He who steals a hook shall be hanged; while he who steals the state shall be crowned as prince.
    — Lao Tzu
    Solve it before it happens. Order it before chaos emerges.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: danger 
     
    Abandon knowledge and your worries are over.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: desires  peace  freedom 
     
    You cannot know the body by studying the finger, and you cannot understand the universe by learning one science.
    — Lao Tzu
    Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: loving  courage  strength 
     
    Simply see that you are at the center of the universe, and accept all things and beings as parts of your infinite body. When you perceive that an act done to another is done to yourself, you have understood the great truth.
    — Lao Tzu
    When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
    — Lao Tzu
    I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.
    — Lao Tzu
    The best soldiers are not warlike; the best fighters do not lose their temper. The greatest conquerors are those who overcome their enemies without strife. The greatest directors of men are those who yield place to others. This is called the Virtue of not striving, the capacity for directing mankind; this is being the compeer of Heaven. It was the highest goal of the ancients.
    — Lao Tzu
    The sage never strives for greatness, and can therefore accomplish greatness.
    — Lao Tzu
    In this world, there is nothing softer or thinner than water. But to compel the hard and unyielding, it has no equal. That the weak overcomes the strong, that the hard gives way to the gentle - this everyone knows. Yet no one asks accordingly.
    — Lao Tzu
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