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Old 05-04-2012, 06:57 PM
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the wisdom of Lao Tsu

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A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

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.

To see things in the seed, that is genius.

When you are content to be simply yourself and donít compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.


To realize that you do not understand is a virtue ; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.

Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.

Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.

When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

Without stirring abroad, One can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window One can see the way of heaven. The further one goes The less one knows.

Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish Ė too much handling will spoil it.

Great acts are made up of small deeds.

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.

He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.

Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.

Silence is a source of great strength.
Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.


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 journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.


The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.

The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.

The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.

The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.



The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.

The words of truth are always paradoxical.

Those who have knowledge, donít predict. Those who predict, donít have knowledge.

How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?

I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any.

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.


All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.


Born to be wild Ė live to outgrow it.


Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

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