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    I alone have the mind of a fool, and am all muddled and vague. The people are so smart and bright. While I am just dull and confused.
    — Lao Tzu
    I do not act, and people become reformed by themselves.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: health 
     
    Distortion upon distortion: . . . the more one uses the mind, the more confused one becomes.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: time  people 
     
    The most difficult in the world must be easy in its beginning.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: people  living  fight  die  afraid 
     
    The wise are not learned, the learned are not wise.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: work 
     
    Those who are self-righteous are not prominent.
    — Lao Tzu
    Knowing that you do not know is the best. Not knowing that you do not know is an illness.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: earth  alone  universe  mother  heaven 
     
    Yielding is the way of the Tao.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: peace  living  present 
     
    People turn their eyes and ears to him (the sage), and the sage cares for them like his own children.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: job  leader 
     
    The world is a sacred vessel that cannot be changed. He who changes it will destroy it. He who seizes it will lose it.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: journey 
     
    Those who show off do not shine.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: strong  water 
     
    He (the Sage) does not show off, therefore he shines.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: wise 
     
    The sage knows without traveling, perceives without looking, completes without acting.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: animals  soul 
     
    The eternal void is filled with infinite possibilities
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: success 
     
    The value comes from what is there, but the use comes from what is not there.
    — Lao Tzu
    But in the present day men cast off gentleness, and are all for being bold; they spurn frugality, and retain only extravagance; they discard humility, and aim only at being first. Therefore they shall surely perish.
    — Lao Tzu
    It is as though he listened and such listening as his enfolds us in silence in which at last we begin to hear what we are meant to be.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: perfection 
     
    The best athlete wants his opponent at his best. The best general enters the mind of his enemy. The best businessman serves the communal good. The best leader follows the will of the people. All of the embody the virtue of non-competition. Not that they don't love to compete, but they do it in the spirit of play. In this they are like children and in harmony with the Tao.
    — Lao Tzu
    Peace and quiet are preferred. Victory should not be praised.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: virtue 
     
    The world's beginning is its mother. To have found the mother is also to know the children. Although you know the children, cling to the mother. Until your last day you will not be harmed.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: world 
     
    To have enough of enough is always enough.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: world  true  black  example 
     
    Fame of self: Which matters more? Self or wealth: Which is more precious? Gain or loss: Which is more painful?
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: world 
     
    Watch your thoughts, they become words...
    — Lao Tzu
    One who believes in himself has no need to convince others.
    — Lao Tzu
    True words are not pleasing. Pleasing words are not true.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: health 
     
    Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: time  people 
     
    If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: people  living  fight  die  afraid 
     
    In work, do what you enjoy.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: work 
     
    How can one liberate the many? By first liberating his own being. He does this not by elevating himself, but by lowering himself. He lowers himself to that which is simple, modest, true; integrating it into himself, he becomes a master of simplicity, modesty, truth.
    — Lao Tzu
    Throw away profit and greed, and there won't be any thieves.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: earth  alone  universe  mother  heaven 
     
    True words seem false.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: peace  living  present 
     
    Seeing the small is called Clarity.Keeping flexible is called Strength.Using the shining Radiance,You enter the Light,Where no harm can come to you.This is called Enlightenment.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: job  leader 
     
    Understand this if nothing else: spiritual freedom and oneness with the Tao are not randomly bestowed gifts, but the rewards of conscious self-transformation and self-evolution.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: journey 
     
    Nothing and no one in the world is valuable or worthless.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: strong  water 
     
    Lightly given promises must meet with little trust.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: eternity 
     
    All men desire to free themselves solely from death; they do not know how to free themselves from life.
    — Lao Tzu
    The good man is the teacher of the bad, And the bad is the material from which the good may learn. He who does not value the teacher, Or greatly care for the material, Is greatly deluded although he may be learned. Such is the essential mystery.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: clarity 
     
    Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: rules 
     
    Silence is a source of great strenght.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: world 
     
    If lightning is the anger of the gods, then the gods are concerned mostly about trees.
    — Lao Tzu
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