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1. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

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2. “To know that you do not know is the best.To think you know when you do not is a disease.Recognizing this disease as a disease is to be free of it.”

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3. “I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is 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.”

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4. “Manifest plainness,Embrace simplicity,Reduce selfishness,Have few desires.”

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5. “Silence is a source of Great Strength.”

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6. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

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7. “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.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

8. “When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

9. “The best fighter is never angry.”

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10. “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”

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11. “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

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12. “There is no illusion greater than fear.”

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13. “Countless words count less than the silent balance between yin and yang”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

14. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

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15. “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”

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16. “When pure sincerity forms within, it is outwardly realized in other people's hearts.”

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17. “Rushing into action, you fail.Trying to grasp things, you lose them.Forcing a project to completion,you ruin what was almost ripe.Therefore the Master takes actionby letting things take their course.He remains as calm at the end as at the beginning.He has nothing,thus has nothing to lose.What he desires is non-desire;what he learns is to unlearn.He simply reminds peopleof who they have always been.He cares about nothing but the Tao.Thus he can care for all things.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

18. “Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.”

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19. “A great nation is like a great man:When he makes a mistake, he realizes it.Having realized it, he admits it.Having admitted it, he corrects it.He considers those who point out his faultsas his most benevolent teachers.He thinks of his enemyas the shadow that he himself casts.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

20. “Love is a decision - not an emotion!”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

21. “He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.”

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22. “A leader is bestWhen people barely know he existsOf a good leader, who talks little,When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,They will say, “We did this ourselves.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

23. “The past has no power to stop youfrom being present now.Only your grievance aboutthe past can do that.What is grievance?The baggage of oldthought and emotion.”

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24. “A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

25. “At the center of your beingyou have the answer;you know who you areand you know what you want.”

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26. “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”

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27. “If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind.”

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28. “Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.”

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29. “He who defends with love will be secure; Heaven will save him, and protect him with love.”

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30. “Stop thinking, and end your problems.”

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31. “The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.”

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32. “If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

33. “The difficult problems in life always start off being simple. Great affairs always start off being small.”

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34. “Mastering others is strength. Mastering oneself makes you fearless.”

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35. “Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing.”

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36. “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

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37. “A good traveler leaves no tracks. Good speech lacks fault-finding.”

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38. “The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.”

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Source : Te Tao Ching

39. “So the unwanting soulsees what's hidden,and the ever-wanting soulsees only what it wants.”

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40. “In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.”

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41. “Ist eine Lehre zur Satzung erstarrt, hat sie geendet.”

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42. “The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

43. “When people see some things as beautiful,other things become ugly.When people see some things as good,other things become bad.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

44. “The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.”

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45. “To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”

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46. “Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

47. “To lead people, walk beside them ...As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence.The next best, the people honor and praise.The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate ...When the best leader's work is done the people say,We did it ourselves!”

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48. “If you want to govern the people,You must place yourself below them.If you want to lead people,You must learn how to follow them.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

49. “If lightning is the anger of the gods, then the gods are concerned mostly about trees.”

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50. “Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.”

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51. “To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.”

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52. “The reason why the universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself; it gives life to others as it transforms.”

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53. “Man takes his law from the Earth; the Earth takes its law from Heaven; Heaven takes it law from the Tao. The law of the Tao is its being what it is.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

54. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

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55. “The more laws and restrictions there are,The poorer people become....The more rules and regulations,The more thieves and robbers.”

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56. “The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.”

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57. “Go to the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Love them. Startwith what they know. Build with what they have. But with the bestleaders, when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people willsay 'We have done this ourselves.”

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58. “The ruler attains wholeness in the correct governance of the people.”

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59. “The Formless WayWe look at it, and do not see it; it is invisible.We listen to it, and do not hear it; it is inaudible.We touch it, and do not feel it; it is intangible.These three elude our inquiries, and hence merge into one.Not by its rising, is it bright,nor by its sinking, is it dark.Infinite and eternal, it cannot be defined.It returns to nothingness.This is the form of the formless, being in non-being.It is nebulous and elusive.Meet it, and you do not see its beginning.Follow it, and you do not see its end.Stay with the ancient Wayin order to master what is present.Knowing the primeval beginning is the essence of the Way.”

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60. “When I let go of who I am, I become who I might be.”

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61. “Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.”

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62. “Shape clay into a vessel;
It is the space within that makes it useful.
Cut doors and windows for a room;
It is the holes which make it useful.
Therefore benefit comes from what is there;
Usefulness from what is not there.”

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63. “To bear and not to own; to act and not lay claim; to do the work and let it go: for just letting it go is what makes it stay.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

64. “A man who knows how little he knows is well, a man who knows how much he knows is sick. If, when you see the symptoms, you can tell, Your cure is quick.A sound man knows that sickness makes him sick and before he catches it his cure is quick.”

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Source : The Chinese Translations

65. “He who is in harmony with the Taois like a newborn child.Its bones are soft, its muscles are weak,but its grip is powerful.It doesn't know about the unionof male and female,yet its penis can stand erect,so intense is its vital power.It can scream its head off all day,yet it never becomes hoarse,so complete is its harmony.The Master's power is like this.He lets all things come and goeffortlessly, without desire.He never expects results;thus he is never disappointed.He is never disappointed;thus his spirit never grows old.”

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Author : Lao Tzu
Source : Tao Te Ching

66. “Those who know don’t talk. Those who talk don’t know. Close your mouth, block off your senses, blunt your sharpness, untie your knots, soften your glare, settle your dust. This is the primal identity. Be like the Tao. It can’t be approached or withdrawn from, benefited or harmed, honored or brought into disgrace. It gives itself up continually. That is why it endures.”

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67. “Water is fluid, soft & yielding but water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield ... what is soft is strong.”

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68. “Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge”

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69. “Do you imagine the universe is agitated? Go into the desert at night and look at the stars. This practice should answer the question.”

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70. “The Master doesn't try to be powerful;thus he is truly powerful.The ordinary man keeps reaching for power;thus he never has enough.The Master does nothing,yet he leaves nothing undone.The ordinary man is always ding things,yet many more are left to be done.[…]Therefore the Master concerns himselfWith the depths and not the surface,With the fruit and not the flower.[…]Teaching without words,Performing without actions:That is the Master’s way.[…]The Master arrives without leaving,Sees the light without looking,Achieves without doing a thing.[…]The Master is above the people,And no one feels oppressed.She goes ahead of the people,And no feels manipulated.The whole world is grateful to her.Because she completes with no one,No one can complete with her.”

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71. “Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.”

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72. “Knowing others is intelligence;knowing yourself is true wisdom.Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

73. “Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle ofsoftness overcoming hardness.”

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74. “If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

75. “Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.”

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Source : Tao Teh Ching

76. “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.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

77. “A good traveler leaves no track.”

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78. “Allow the heart to empty itself of all turmoil! Retrieve the utter tranquility of the mind from which you issued.Although all forms are dynamic,and we all grow and transform,each of us is compelled to return to our root. Our root is quietude.”

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79. “De wijze heeft geen onwrikbare beginselen. Hij past zich aan anderen aan.(Free translation into English: The wise man has no firm principles. He adapts to others.)”

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80. “To understand the limitation of things, desire them.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

81. “When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching: Book Of The Way

82. “Choose food, clothing, and shelter that accords with nature.Rely on your own body for transportation. Allow your work and your recreation to be one and the same. Do exercise that develops your whole being and not just your body. Listen to music that bridges the three spheres of your being. Choose leaders for their virtue rather than their wealth or power. Serve others and cultivate yourself simultaneously. Understand that true growth comes from meeting and solving problems of life in a way that is harmonizing to yourself and to others. If you can follow these simple old ways, you will be continually renewed.”

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Source : Hua Hu Ching: The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu

83. “There isa time to liveand a time to diebut never to reject the moment.”

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84. “The hard and mighty lie beneath the groundWhile the tender and weak dance on the breeze above.”

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85. “Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

86. “When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready... The teacher will Disappear.”

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87. “The heart that gives, gathers.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

88. “How can one know the eternal origin?By letting go of ideasand allowing it to reveal itself”

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89. “Two names emerge from a single origin and both are called mysterious.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

90. “Peace is our original state”

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91. “Perfect tranquillity is the way of heaven and earth.”

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92. “To know non-knowing is optimalto imagine one knowsis affliction of mind”

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93. “Earth is a divine organismit cannot be successfully manipulatedWho attempts manipulation will encounter defeat”

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94. “For the sageHeaven and Earth joinin bestowing the greatest gifts”

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95. “Emptiness appears barrenyet is infinite fullness”

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96. “Who acts in stillness finds stillness in his life.”

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97. “Revere the unity of all-that-iscarry out your daily activities with compassion;if you do not limit your compassion,you yourself will not be limited.”

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98. “Too many words cause exhaustion[In the mind or from the mouth]Better to abide in stillness”

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99. “Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.”

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100. “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”

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101. “Heaven's net is wide, but its mesh is fine”

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102. “Everything under heaven is a sacred vessel and cannot be controlled. Trying to control leads to ruin. Trying to grasp, we lose. Allow your life to unfold naturally. Know that it too is a vessel of perfection. Just as you breathe in and breathe out, there is a time for being ahead and a time for being behind; a time for being in motion and a time for being at rest; a time for being vigorous and a time for being exhausted; a time for being safe and a time for being in danger.”

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103. “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.”

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104. “The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.The more he gives to others,the more he has for his own.”

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105. “Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”

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106. “free from desire, you realize the mysterycaught in the desire, you see only the manifestations.”

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107. “Seeing our own smallness is called insight, honoring our own tenderness is called strenght.”

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108. “Be stillStillness reveals the secrets of eternity”

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109. “The inner is foundation of the outerThe still is master of the restlessThe Sage travels all dayyet never leaves his inner treasure”

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110. “Someone who is too insistent in his own views finds few to agree with him.”

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111. “El hombre corriente, cuando emprende una cosa, la echa a perder por tener prisa en terminarla.”

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112. “When there is silence one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself”

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113. “kuwajua wengine ni hekima, kujijua mwenyewe ni maarifa makubwa”

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114. “Lao Tzu "The key to growth is the introductionof higher dimensions of consciousnessinto our awareness.”

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115. “You render the small vast and few many,use integrity to repay hatred,see the complexity in simplicity,find the vast in the minute.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

116. “Un camino de mil millas comienza con un primer paso.”

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117. “No one can insult me, because I do not want respect.No one can defeat me, because I have given up the idea of winning.How can you defeat me? You can only defeat someone who wants to win.”

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118. “Some say that my teaching is nonsense.Other call it lofty but impractical.But to those who have looked inside themselves,this nonsense makes perfect sense.And to those who put it into practice,this loftiness has roots that go deep.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

119. “A sage traveling all dayis never far from the supplies in his cart,and however spectacular the viewshe remains calm and composed.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

120. “Тhe gentle overcomes the rigid.The slow overcomes the fast.The weak overcomes the strong."…"Everyone knows that the yielding overcomes the stiff,and the soft overcomes the hard.Yet no one applies this knowledge.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

121. “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."…"There is no greater misfortunethan underestimating your enemy.Underestimating your enemymeans thinking that he is evil.Thus you destroy your three treasuresand become an enemy yourself.When two great forces oppose each other,the victory will goto the one that knows how to yield.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

122. “One gains by losing and loses by gaining.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

123. “He who knows other men is discerning; he who knows himself is intelligent. He who overcomes others is strong; he who overcomes himself is mighty. He who works hard gets wealth; he who knows when he has enough is truly rich. He who does not fail in the requirements of his position continues long; he who dies yet is not forgotten has longevity.”

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124. “Thus it is said:The path into the light seems dark,the path forward seems to go back,the direct path seems long,true power seems weak,true purity seems tarnished,true steadfastness seems changeable,true clarity seems obscure,the greatest are seems unsophisticated,the greatest love seems indifferent,the greatest wisdom seems childish.The Tao is nowhere to be found.Yet it nourishes and completes all things.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

125. “If you don’t stand sincere by your wordshow sincere can the people be?Take great care over words, treasure them.1.17”

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126. “With those who are sincerethe sage is sincereWith those who are insincerethe sage is also sincerebecause the way of Tao is sincerity”

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127. “Gently eliminating all obstacles to his own understanding, he constantly maintains his unconditional sincerity. His humility, perseverance, and adaptability evoke the response of the universe and fill him with divine light.”

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128. “Too much thinking causes confusion and anxietybetter to stick with the simplicity of Tao”

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129. “Let go of rousing speechand identification with thoughtsUntil your endyou will never be jaded”

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130. “What calamity is greater than no contentment,and what flaw greater than the passion for gain.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

131. “If you do not value rare treasures, you will stop others from stealing.”

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132. “Knowing others is Wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment”

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133. “For things sometimes lead and sometimes follow,sometimes sign and sometimes storm,sometimes strengthen and sometimes weaken, sometimes kill and sometimes die.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

134. “The grace of Taoand divine nature (Te)are not orderedbut eternal spontaneousaction of the One”

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135. “The great Tao is universal like a flood… All creatures depend on it, and it denies nothing to anyone. It does its work, but it makes no claims for itself. It clothes and feeds all, but it does not lord it over them.”

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Source : Tao Te Ching

136. “The multitude of men look satisfied and pleased; as if enjoying a full banquet, as if mounted on a tower in spring. I alone seem listless and still, my desires having as yet given no indication of their presence. I am like an infant which has not yet smiled. I look dejected and forlorn, as if I had no home to go to. The multitude of men all have enough and to spare. I alone seem to have lost everything. My mind is that of a stupid man; I am in a state of chaos.Ordinary men look bright and intelligent, while I alone seem to be benighted. They look full of discrimination, while I alone am dull and confused. I seem to be carried about as on the sea, drifting as if I had nowhere to rest. All men have their spheres of action, while I alone seem dull and incapable, like a rude borderer.(Thus) I alone am different from other men, but I value the nursing-mother (the Tao).”

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137. “Abstaining from speech marks him who is obeying the spontaneity of his nature. A violent wind does not last for a whole morning; a sudden rain does not last for the whole day. To whom is it that these (two) things are owing? To Heaven and Earth. If Heaven and Earth cannot make such (spasmodic) actings last long, how much less can a man!”

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138. “We join spokes together in a wheel, but it is the center hole that makes the wagon move.We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness insidethat holds whatever we want.We hammer wood for a house, but it is the inner spacethat makes it livable.We work with being, but non-being is what we use.”

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Author : Lao Tzu

139. “Those who know don't tell.Those who tell don't know.from 56”

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Author : Lao Tzu
Source : Tao Te Ching

140. “To speak little is natural. Therefore a gale does not blow a whole morning nor does a downpour last a whole day.”

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Author : Lao Tzu

141. “Look for it, and it can’t be seen.Listen for it, and it can’t be heard.Grasp for it, and it can’t be caught.These three cannot be further described,so we treat them as The One.It’s highest is not bright.It’s depths are not dark.Unending, unnameable, it returns to nothingness.Formless forms, and image less images,subtle, beyond all understanding.Approach it and you will not see a beginning;follow it and there will be no end.You can't know it, but you can be it,at ease in your own life.Just realize where you come from:this is the essence of wisdom.”

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Author : Lao Tzu
Source : Tao Te Ching

142. “As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.”

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Author : Lao Tzu

143. “The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal name. The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth. The named is the mother of ten thousand things. Ever desireless, one can see the mystery. Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations. These two spring from the same source but differ in name; this appears as darkness. Darkness within darkness. The gate to all mystery.”

Tags : Spirituality
Author : Lao Tzu
Source : Tao Te Ching

144. “Do you have the patience to wait Till your mud settles and the water is clear?Can you remain unmovingTill the right action arises by itself?”

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Author : Lao Tzu

145. “Failure is an opportunity.If you blame someone else,there is no end to the blame.Therefore the Masterfulfills her own obligationsand corrects her own mistakes.She does what she needs to doand demands nothing of others.”

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Author : Lao Tzu
Source : Tao Te Ching

146. “The person of superior integrity does not insist upon his integrity.For this reason, he has integrity.The person of inferior integritynever loses sight of his integrity;For this reason, he lacks integrity.”

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147. “The Way to do is to be.”

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Author : Lao Tzu

148. “As to the roaming of sages,They move in utter emptiness,Let their minds meander in the great nothingness;They run beyond conventionAnd go through where there is no gateway.They listen to the soundlessAnd look at the formless,They are not constrained by societyAnd not bound to its customs.- Lao-tzu”

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Author : Lao Tzu

149. “If you are untrustworthy, people will not trust you.”

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150. “Material and infinite are inseparableAppreciating their interconnectednessis the gateway to understanding”

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151. “Become totally emptyQuiet the restlessness of the mindOnly then will you witness everything unfolding from emptiness”

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Author : Lao Tzu

152. “Attain complete emptiness,Hold fast to stillness.Understanding the ordinary: Mind opens.Mind opening leads to compassion,Compassion to nobility,Nobility to heavenliness,Heavenliness to TAO. TAO endures. Your body dies.There is no danger.”

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Author : Lao Tzu
Source : Tao Te Ching

153. “The best of all leaders is the one who helps people so that eventually they don’t need him.”

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Author : Lao Tzu

154. “With those who are kindthe sage is kindWith those who are not kindthe sage is also kindbecause the way of Tao is kindness”

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155. “Intellectual knowledge exists in and of the brain.Because the brain is part of the body, which must one day expire, this collection of facts, however large and impressive, will expire as well.Insight, however, is a function of the spirit.Because your spirit follows you through cycle after cycle of life, death, and rebirth, you have the opportunity of cultivating insight in an ongoing fashion.Refined over time, insight becomes pure, constant, and unwavering.This is the beginning of immortality.”

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Author : Lao Tzu

156. “The sage gives more than he takes;how can he do this?because he has the richness of Tao”

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Author : Lao Tzu
Source : Tao Te Ching

157. “Tao ‘is’ before wordsand before deeds”

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Author : Lao Tzu

158. “Heaven’s Tao is impartial,yet those who follow its compassionate waywill always be nourished”

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Author : Lao Tzu

159. “Colors blind the eye.Sounds deafen the ear.Flavors numb the taste.Thoughts weaken the mind.Desires wither the heart.The Master observes the worldbut trusts his inner vision.He allows things to come and go.His heart is open as the sky.”

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Author : Lao Tzu
Source : Tao Te Ching

160. “Work at things before they’ve begunand establish order before confusion sets in,for a tree you can barely reach aroundgrows from the tiniest rootlet,a nine-tiered towerstarts as a basket of dirt,a thousand-mile journeybegins with a single step.”

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Author : Lao Tzu
Source : Tao Te Ching

161. “When people devote themselves to somethingthey always ruin it on the verge of success.Finish with the same care you took in beginningand you’ll avoid ruining things.”

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Author : Lao Tzu
Source : Tao Te Ching

162. “Giving birth without possessing, animating without subjecting,fostering without dominating.”

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Author : Lao Tzu
Source : Tao Te Ching

163. “The Master, by residing in the Tao,sets an example for all beings.Because he doesn't display himself,people can see his light.Because he has nothing to prove,people can trust his words.Because he doesn't know who he is,people recognize themselves in him.Because he has no goal in mind,everything he does succeeds.”

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Author : Lao Tzu

164. “Any good person who is motivated to attain awareness of the whole truth should follow the Universal Way to calm his mind and harmonize it with all aspects of life.”

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Author : Lao Tzu
Source : Hua Hu Ching: The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu