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Lao Tzu Quotes

laotzu quotesLife 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.

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

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

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.

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.

Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.

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.

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

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

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

If you keep feeling a point that has been sharpened, the point cannot long preserve its sharpness.

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.

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.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy. Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself. Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge.

Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.

Great acts are made up of small deeds.

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.

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

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

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