“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.”
Lao Tzu, Tao, Taoism
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.
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
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.
At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Great acts are made up of small deeds.
He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.
He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.
He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.
Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
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.
Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
Watch your thoughts, they become words, watch your words, they become actions, watch your actions, they become habits, watch your habits, they become your character, watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
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