Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish – too much handling will spoil it.
The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes.
For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.
He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
The ruler attains wholeness in the correct governance of the people.
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...
One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.
If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind.
Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
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...
If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If yourhappiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be contentwith what you have? rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there isnothing lacking, the world belongs to you.
LoveEmbracing Tao, you become embraced.Supple, breathing gently, you become reborn.Clearing your vision, you become clear.Nurturing your beloved, you become impartial.Opening your heart, you become accepted.Accepting the World, you embrace Tao.Bearing and nurturing,Creating but not owning,Giving without demanding,Controlling without authority,This is love.
The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.
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...
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Watch your step.
If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
The Tao [Way] that can be told of is not the eternal Tao;The name that can be named is not the eternal name.The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth;The Named is the mother of all things.Therefore, let there always be non-being, so we may see their subtlety,And let there always be being, so...
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Acting without design, occupying oneself without making a business of it, finding the great in what is small and the many in the few, repaying injury with kindness, effecting difficult things while they are easy, and managing great things in their be