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" All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small. "
" A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar. "
" 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 are in confusion there will be faithful servants. "
" If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. "
" Be the chief but never the lord. "
" 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 origin of Heaven and Earth; the Named is the mother of all things. "
" Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere. "
" A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. "
" He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know. "
" To lead people walk behind them. "
" He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty. "
" When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you. "
" Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides. "
Life And Death
" Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. "
" From caring comes courage. "
" People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure. "
" 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. "
" The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. "
" One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him. "
" If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence. "
" The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honored by all in the world, Like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest. "
" Great acts are made up of small deeds. "
" Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. "
" The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, 'We did it ourselves.' "
" Because of a great love, one is courageous. "
" Heaven is long-enduring, and earth continues long. The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus long is because they do not live of, or for, themselves. "
" Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it. "
" To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect. "
" When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves.' "
" He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. "
" Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it. "