Heaven and earth are ruthless and treat the myriad creatures as straw dogs.
Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.
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.
He who talks more is sooner exhausted.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
From caring comes courage.
The softest things in the world to overcome the hardest things in the world.
He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise.
Tao invariably takes no action, and yet there is nothing left undone.
Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?
Man’s enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
The Way is empty yet use will not drain it.
If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states…
Favor and disgrace are like fear. Favor is in a higher place, and disgrace in a lower place. When you win them you are like being in fear, and when you lose them you are…
The Way of Heaven does not compete, and yet it skillfully achieves victory.
A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
To perceive things in the germ is intelligence
He who knows he has enough is rich.
Naturally forward in whatever way they like.
Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding.
He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
Be the chief but never the lord.
The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step.
Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.
Rule a kingdom as though you were cooking a small fish – don’t overdo it
A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.
Such is the essential mystery.
From of old the things that have acquired unity are these: Heaven by unity has become clear; Earth by unity has become steady; The Spirit by unity has become spiritual; The Valley by unity has…