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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.
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Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.
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Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. - Laozi Quotes
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. - Laozi Quotes
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. - Laozi Quotes
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
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He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty. - Laozi Quotes
He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.
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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.
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When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
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Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habit.
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Those who are right do not argue. Those who argue are not right. - Laozi Quotes
Those who are right do not argue. Those who argue are not right.
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Life 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.
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Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. - Laozi Quotes
Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.
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If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, There must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the cities, There must be peace between neighbors. If there is to be peace between neighbors, There must be peace in the home. If there is to be peace in the home, There must be peace in the heart.
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One who believes in himself has no need to convince others. - Laozi Quotes
One who believes in himself has no need to convince others.
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If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself, if you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.
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The wise stand out because they see themselves as part of the Whole. They shine because they don't want to impress. They achieve great things because they don't look for recognition. Their wisdom is contained in what they are, not their opinions. They refuse to argue, so no-one argues with them.
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He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. - Laozi Quotes
He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
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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.
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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.
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In order to eliminate the negative influences, simply ignore them. - Laozi Quotes
In order to eliminate the negative influences, simply ignore them.
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Let your workings remain a mystery. Just show people the results. - Laozi Quotes
Let your workings remain a mystery. Just show people the results.
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The leader is a teacher who succeeds without taking credit. And, because credit is not taken, credit is received.
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Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.
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I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
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Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.
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People aren't against you; they are for themselves. The most dangerous risk of all - the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later. He who conquers others is strong, he who conquers himself is mighty.
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Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
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New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings. - Laozi Quotes
New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.
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Your own positive future begins in this moment. All you have is right now. Every goal is possible from here.
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If the majority doesn't laugh at you, beware that you must be saying something wrong. When the majority thinks you are a fool, only then is there some possibility of you being a wise man.
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Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires. - Laozi Quotes
Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
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Those who seek knowledge, collect something every day. Those who seek the Way, let go of something every day.
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Once upon a time a man whose ax was missing suspected his neighbor's son. The boy walked like a thief, looked like a thief and spoke like a thief. But the man found his ax while digging in the valley, and the next time he saw his neighbor's son, the boy walked, looked and spoke like any other child.
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If you search everywhere, yet cannot find what you are seeking, it is because what you seek is already in your possession.
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Make your heart like a lake, with calm, still surface, and great depths of kindness. - Laozi Quotes
Make your heart like a lake, with calm, still surface, and great depths of kindness.
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The world is won by those who let it go. - Laozi Quotes
The world is won by those who let it go.
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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
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In the end, The treasure of life is missed by those who hold on and gained by those who let go - Laozi Quotes
In the end, The treasure of life is missed by those who hold on and gained by those who let go
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If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be truly fulfilled. - Laozi Quotes
If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be truly fulfilled.
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The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long. - Laozi Quotes
The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.
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Those who know do not talk. Those who talk do not know. - Laozi Quotes
Those who know do not talk. Those who talk do not know.
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There is a time to go ahead and a time to stay behind. There is a time to breathe easy and time to breathe hard. There is a time to be vigorous and a time to be gentle. There is a time to gather and a time to release. Can you see things as they are And let them be all on their own?
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Stop thinking, and end your problems. - Laozi Quotes
Stop thinking, and end your problems.
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Failure is the foundation of success: success is the lurking place of failure. - Laozi Quotes
Failure is the foundation of success: success is the lurking place of failure.
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In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. - Laozi Quotes
In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple.
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A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. - Laozi Quotes
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
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Be empty. Be still. Just watch everything come and go. This is the way of Nature. - Laozi Quotes
Be empty. Be still. Just watch everything come and go. This is the way of Nature.
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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.
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True words are not pleasing. Pleasing words are not true. - Laozi Quotes
True words are not pleasing. Pleasing words are not true.
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You cannot receive what you don't give. Outflow determines inflow. - Laozi Quotes
You cannot receive what you don't give. Outflow determines inflow.
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Look, and it can't be seen. Listen, and it can't be heard. Reach, and it can't be grasped. Above, it isn't bright. Below, it isn't dark. Seamless, unnamable, it returns to the realm of nothing. Form that includes all forms, image without an image, subtle, beyond all conception. Approach it and there is no beginning; follow it and there is no end. You can't know it, but you can be it, at ease in your own life. Just realize where you come from: this is the essence of wisdom.
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Hear no evil. See no evil. Speak no evil. - Laozi Quotes
Hear no evil. See no evil. Speak no evil.
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The best leaders are those their people hardly know exist. The next best is a leader who is loved and praised. Next comes the one who is feared. The worst one is the leader that is despised ... The best leaders value their words, and use them sparingly. When they have accomplished their task, the people say, "Amazing! We did it, all by ourselves!
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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. - Laozi Quotes
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
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Embrace simplicity. Put others first. Desire little. - Laozi Quotes
Embrace simplicity. Put others first. Desire little.
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She who is centered in the Tao can go where she wishes, without danger. She perceives the universal harmony, even amid great pain, because she has found peace in her heart. Music or the smell of good cooking may make people stop and enjoy. But words that point to the Tao seem monotonous and without flavor. When you look for it, there is nothing to see. When you listen for it, there is nothing to hear. When you use it, it is inexhaustible.
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Allow your softer, more intuitive, and less dominating feminine qualities to rise to the fore, so that you're surrendering rather than dominating, receiving rather than broadcasting, loving rather than fighting.
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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.
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Do you want to improve the world? I don't think it can be done. The world is sacred. It can't be improved. If you tamper with it, you'll ruin it. If you treat it like an object, you'll lose it. There is a time for being ahead, a time for being behind; a time for being in motion, a time for being at rest; a time for being vigorous, a time for being exhausted; a time for being safe, a time for being in danger. The Master sees things as they are, without trying to control them. She lets them go their own way, and resides at the center of the circle.
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Express yourself completely, then keep quiet. Be like the forces of nature: when it blows, there is only wind; when it rains, there is only rain; when the clouds pass, the sun shines through. If you open yourself to the Tao, you are at one with the Tao and you can embody it completely. If you open yourself to insight, you are at one with insight and you can use it completely. If you open yourself to loss, you are at one with loss and you can accept it completely. Open yourself to the Tao, then trust your natural responses; and everything will fall into place.
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The great Tao flows everywhere. All things are born from it, yet it doesn't create them. It pours itself into its work, yet it makes no claim. It nourishes infinite worlds, yet it doesn't hold on to them. Since it is merged with all things and hidden in their hearts, it can be called humble. Since all things vanish into it and it alone endures, it can be called great. It isn't aware of its greatness; thus it is truly great.
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Tao loves and nourishes all things, but does not dominate it over them. - Laozi Quotes
Tao loves and nourishes all things, but does not dominate it over them.
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The Tao can't be perceived. Smaller than an electron, it contains uncountable galaxies. If powerful men and women could remain centered in the Tao, all things would be in harmony. The world would become a paradise. All people would be at peace, and the law would be written in their hearts. When you have names and forms, know that they are provisional. When you have institutions, know where their functions should end. Knowing when to stop, you can avoid any danger. All things end in the Tao as rivers flow into the sea.
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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment. - Laozi Quotes
Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.
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Empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace. Watch the turmoil of beings, but contemplate their return. Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source. Returning to the source is serenity. If you don't realize the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king. Immersed in the wonder of the Tao, you can deal with whatever life brings you, and when death comes, you are ready.
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The Master observes the world, but trusts his inner vision. He allows things to come and go. His heart is as open as the sky.
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Whoever relies on the Tao in governing men doesn't try to force issues or defeat enemies by force of arms. For every force there is a counterforce. Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself. The Master does his job and then stops. He understands that the universe is forever out of control, and that trying to dominate events goes against the current of the Tao. Because he believes in himself, he doesn't try to convince others. Because he is content with himself, he doesn't need others' approval. Because he accepts himself, the whole world accepts him.
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A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.
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The Tao is told is not the Tao. - Laozi Quotes
The Tao is told is not the Tao.
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The master does his job and then stops. He understands that the universe is forever out of control, and that trying to dominate events goes against the current of the Tao.
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I am good to people who are good. I am also good to people who are not good. Because Virtue is goodness.
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The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth. - Laozi Quotes
The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.
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When the great Tao is forgotten, goodness and piety appear. When the body's intelligence declines, cleverness and knowledge step forth. When there is no peace in the family, filial piety begins. When the country falls into chaos, patriotism is born.
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Those who know don't talk. Those who talk don't know. Close your mouth, block off your senses, blunt your sharpness, untie your knots, soften your glare, settle your dust. This is the primal identity. Be like the Tao. It can't be approached or withdrawn from, benefited or harmed, honored or brought into disgrace. It gives itself up continually. That is why it endures.
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Tao invariably takes no action, and yet there is nothing left undone. - Laozi Quotes
Tao invariably takes no action, and yet there is nothing left undone.
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If you overesteem great men, people become powerless. If you overvalue possessions, people begin to steal. The Master leads by emptying people's minds and filling their cores, by weakening their ambition and toughening their resolve. He helps people lose everything they know, everything they desire, and creates confusion in those who think that they know. Practice not-doing, and everything will fall into place.
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Without the tao, Kindness and compassion are replaced by law and justice; Faith and trust are supplanted by ritual and ceremony.
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The heavy is the root of the light. The unmoved is the source of all movement. Thus the Master travels all day without leaving home. However splendid the views, she stays serenely in herself. Why should the lord of the country flit about like a fool? If you let yourself be blown to and fro, you lose touch with your root. If you let restlessness move you, you lose touch with who you are.
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When the ancient Masters said, "If you want to be given everything, give everything up," they weren't using empty phrases. Only in being lived by the Tao can you be truly yourself.
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If you can find true contentment, it will last forever. - Laozi Quotes
If you can find true contentment, it will last forever.
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