quote by Laozi

Those who are right do not argue. Those who argue are not right.

— Laozi

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Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.

True words aren't eloquent; eloquent words aren't true. Wise men don't need to prove their point; men who need to prove their point aren't wise. The Master has no possessions. The more he does for others, the happier he is. The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is. The Tao nourishes by not forcing. By not dominating, the Master leads.

The more you know the less you talk.

If you search everywhere, yet cannot find what you are seeking, it is because what you seek is already in your possession.

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

The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.

If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be truly fulfilled.

Stop thinking, and end your problems.

Those who know do not talk. Those who talk do not know.

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple.

I am good to people who are good. I am also good to people who are not good. Because Virtue is goodness.

The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.

When taxes are too high, people go hungry.

When the government is too intrusive, people lose their spirit. Act for the people's benefit. Trust them; leave them alone.

In caring for others and serving heaven, There is nothing like using restraint.

When men lack a sense of awe, there will be disaster.

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.

Yet mystery and imagination arise from the same source.

This source is called darkness ... Darkness within darkness, the gateway to all understanding.

Free from desire, you realize the mystery, caught in the desire, you see only the manifestations.

If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.

He who has achieved this state Is unconcerned with friends and enemies, With good and harm, with honor and disgrace. This therefore is the highest state of man.

Stop trying to control. Let go of fixed plans and concepts, and the world will govern itself.

Knowing others is wisdom; Knowing the self is enlightenment; Mastering others requires force; Mastering the self needs strength.

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.

The world is ruled by letting things take their course. It cannot be ruled by interfering.

In dwelling, be close to the land. In meditation, go deep in the heart.

Great acts are made up of small deeds.

If you want to know me, look inside your heart.

The Master's power is like this. He lets all things come and go effortlessly, without desire. He never expects results; thus he is never disappointed. He is never disappointed; thus his spirit never grows old.

If you want to become full, let yourself be empty.

He who stands on tiptoe doesn't stand firm.

He who rushes ahead doesn't go far. He who tries to shine dims his own light. He who defines himself can't know who he really is. He who has power over others can't empower himself. He who clings to his work will create nothing that endures.

Try to change it and you will ruin it. Try to hold it and you will lose it.

He who stands on tiptoe does not stand firm.

When there is no desire, all things are at peace

When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.

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