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" An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox. "
" He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted. "
" 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. "
" Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength. "
" 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. "
" From wonder into wonder existence opens. "
" At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. "
" Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven. "
" 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. "
" The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes. "
" To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty. "
" To see things in the seed, that is genius. "
" 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. "
" Nature is not human hearted. "
" 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. "
" 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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" A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar. "
" Man takes his law from the Earth; the Earth takes its law from Heaven; Heaven takes its law from the Tao. The law of the Tao is its being what it is. "
" The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours. "
" Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good. "
" The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. "
" When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves.' "
" He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much. "
" 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. "
" It is better to do one's own duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins. "
" In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it. "
" 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. "
" Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it. "
" Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment. "
" Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. "
" I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any. "