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    When a country is in harmony with the Tao, the factories make trucks and tractors. When a country goes counter to the Tao, warheads are stockpiled outside the cities. There is no greater illusion than fear, no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself, no greater misfortune than having an enemy. Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe.
    — Lao Tzu
    Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory. - Diane Arbus By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.
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    Return animosity with virtue.
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    tags: nature  speech 
     
    Not-knowing is true knowledge. Presuming to know is a disease.First realize that you are sick;then you can move toward health.
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    tags: time  wishes 
     
    See simplicity in the complicated. Achieve greatness in little things
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    Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: death 
     
    . . . the mind is desperate to fix the river {of events} in place: Possessed by ideas of the past, preoccupied with images of the future, it overlooks the plain truth of the moment.
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    tags: people  alone 
     
    Wise men hear and see as little children do.
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    tags: thoughts 
     
    When you let go of what you are, you become what you might be.
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    Reputation should be neither sought nor avoided.
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    tags: death  fear  people  live  law 
     
    The light of the Way seems dim.
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    Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.
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    tags: people  wisdom 
     
    The highest virtue is not virtuous. Therefore it has virtue. The lowest virtue holds on to virtue. Therefore it has no virtue.
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    tags: power  humility 
     
    Can you dissolve your ego? Can you abandon the idea of self and other? Can you relinquish the notions of male and female, short and long, life and death? Can you let go of all these dualities and embrace the Tao without skepticism or panic? If so, you can reach the heart of the Integral Oneness.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: nature  lessons 
     
    No weapon is sharper than will.
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    I observe myself and I come to know others.
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    Those who praise themselves do not prevail.
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    tags: time  people  wisdom 
     
    Make the small big and the few many.
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    True perfection seems imperfect,yet it is perfectly itself.True fullness seems empty,yet it is fully present.True straightness seems crooked.True wisdom seems foolish.True art seems artless.The Master allows things to happen.She shapes events as they come.She steps out of the wayand lets the Tao speak for itself.
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    tags: travel  master  sage 
     
    Prepare while it's easy.
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    The river and the sea can be kings of a hundred valleys, because they lie below them.
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    All things in the world are born out of being. Being is born out of non-being.
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    The difficult problems in life always start off being simple. Great affairs always start off being small.
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    Great talents ripen late; the highest notes are hard to hear.
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    Chanting is no more holy than listening to the murmur of a stream, counting prayer beads no more sacred than simply breathing. . . . If you wish to attain oneness with the Tao, don't get caught up in spiritual superficialities.
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    Because he (the Sage) opposes no one, no one in the world can oppose him.
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    When one gives whatever one can without restraint, the barriers of individuality break down. It no longer becomes possible to tell whether it is the student offering himself to the teacher, or the teacher offering herself to the student. One sees only two immaculate beings, reflecting one another like a pair of brilliant mirrors.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: nature  speech 
     
    True words are not fancy. Fancy words are not true. The good do not debate. Debaters are not good.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: time  wishes 
     
    Find a teacher who is an integral being, a beacon who extends his light and virtue with equal ease to those who appreciate him and those who don't. Shape yourself in his mold, bathe in his nourishing radiance, and reflect it out to the rest of the world.
    — Lao Tzu
    When you find the way/ others will find you./ Passing by on the road/ they will be drawn to your door./ The way that cannot be heard/ will be echoed in your voice./ The way that cannot be seen/ will be reflected in your eyes.
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    tags: death 
     
    The sage knows himself, but does not parade. He cherishes himself, but does not praise himself.
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    tags: people  alone 
     
    Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing.
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    tags: thoughts 
     
    Fine words are traded. Noble deeds gain respect. But people who are not good, why abandon them?
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    If the sage wants to stand above people, he must speak to them from below. If he wants to lead people, he must follow them from behind.
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    tags: death  fear  people  live  law 
     
    They can see their neighbors. Roosters and dogs can be heard from there. Still, they will age and die without visiting one another.
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    Most of the world's religions serve only to strengthen attachments to false concepts such as self and other, life and death, heaven and earth, and so on. Those who become entangled in these false ideas are prevented from perceiving the Integral Oneness.
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    tags: people  wisdom 
     
    Peacefulness is an inner sense of calm - it comes from becoming still - in order to reflect and meditate on our inner wisdom and receive answers. A peaceful heart is one that is free from worry and rouble. It's becoming quiet so we can look at things quietly so we can more clearly understand them and thus come up with creative solutions. It is learning to live in the present. Freedom from desire leads to inner peace.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: world 
     
    When you have accomplished your goal simply walk away. This is the path way to Heaven.
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    tags: world  true  black  example 
     
    The one who does not honor the teacher and the one who does not honor the task, although ever so knowledgeable, they are confused.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: world 
     
    The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.
    — Lao Tzu
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