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If you want to govern the people,
You must place yourself below them.
If you want to lead people,
You must learn how to follow them.


Lao Tzu

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To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.
LAO TZU
a skillful soldier is not violent, an able fighter does not rage, a mighty conqueror does not give b...
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Therefore the sage manages affairs without doing anything, and conveys his instructions without the ...
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It as non-existent (and not named).
LAO TZU
Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to...
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Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the ...
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He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
LAO TZU
A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is bu...
LAO-TZU
People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as ca...
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Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
LAO-TZU
He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
LAO-TZU
In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is h...
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The best man is like water.
Water is good; it benefits all things and does not compete with them....
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There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And...
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Let there be a small country with few people . . .
Though neighboring communities overlook one an...
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The journey of a thousand miles
starts from beneath your feet.

NOTE: Other translation...
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The longest journey a man must take is the eighteen inches from his head to his heart
LAO TZU
Nature is not human hearted.
LAO TZU
Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the ...
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A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, wo...
LAO TZU
Love is not written on paper, for paper can be erased. Nor is it etched on stone, for stone can be b...
LAO TZU
Kindness in words creates confidence, kindness in thinking creates profoundness, kindness in feeling...
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Hope and fear are both phantoms that arise from thinking of the self. When we don't see the self as ...
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To understand the limitation of things, desire them.
LAO TZU
Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?
LAO TZU
Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is stren...
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When the people of the world all know beauty as beauty,
There arises the recognition of ugliness....
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I have three treasures. Guard and keep them:
The first is deep love,
The second is frugality,<...
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He who knows he has enough is rich.
LAO-TZU
To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a de...
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The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal N...
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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
LAO TZU
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest t...
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