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" Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven. "
" 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. "
" Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires. "
" 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. "
" To see things in the seed, that is genius. "
" For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions. "
" A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy. "
" A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar. "
" Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment. "
" From wonder into wonder existence opens. "
" Silence is a source of great strength. "
" Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses. "
" If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The words of truth are always paradoxical. "
" Nature is not human hearted. "
" All things in the world come from being. And being comes from non-being. "
" Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere. "
" 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.' "
" 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. "
" The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own. "
" He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. "
" He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much. "
" He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. "
" 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. "
" How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men? "