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" 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. "
" If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence. "
" Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it. "
" Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment. "
" He who talks more is sooner exhausted. "
" When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish. "
" Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. "
" Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength. "
" By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning. "
" 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. "
" 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 obtains has little. He who scatters has much. "
" He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. "
" 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. "
" Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven. "
" From wonder into wonder existence opens. "
" For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions. "
" Nature is not human hearted. "
" Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy. "
" Because of a great love, one is courageous. "
" I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any. "
" There was something undifferentiated and yet complete, which existed before Heaven and Earth. Soundless and formless, it depends on nothing and does not change. It operates everywhere and is free from danger. It may be considered the mother of the universe. I do not know its name; I call it Tao. "
" I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. "
" The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes. "
" All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small. "
" 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 lead people walk behind them. "
" 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.' "
" Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself. "
" When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. "
" Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself. "