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P erfection is the willingness to be imperfect.


Daoism quote 7207 | 



H ealth is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.


Daoism quote 7208 | 



W hen there is no desire, all things are at peace.


Daoism quote 7209 | 



I f you want to know me, look inside your heart.


Daoism quote 7210 | 



T rue 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.


Daoism quote 7211 | 



T he Master has no possessions. The more he does for others, the happier he is. The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.


Daoism quote 7212 | 



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


Daoism quote 7213 | 



H e who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.


Daoism quote 7214 | 



T o see things in the seed, that is genius.


Daoism quote 7215 | 



M y teachings are easy to understand and easy to put into practice. Yet your intellect will never grasp them, and if you try to practice them, you’ll fail.


Daoism quote 7216 | 



M y teachings are older than the world. How can you grasp their meaning? If you want to know me, look inside your heart.


Daoism quote 7217 | 



W hen nothing is done, nothing is left undone.


Daoism quote 7218 | 



B ecome totally empty. Quiet the restlessness of the mind. Only then will you witness everything unfolding from emptiness.


Daoism quote 7219 | 



H e who acts, spoils; he who grasps, lets slip.


Daoism quote 7220 | 



S uccess is as dangerous as failure. Hope is as hollow as fear.


Daoism quote 7221 | 



W ater 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.


Daoism quote 7222 | 



D o your work, and then step back. The only path to serenity.


Daoism quote 7223 | 



I f you show yourself, you will not be seen. If you affirm yourself, you will not shine. If you boast, you will have no merit. If you promote yourself, you will have no success.


Daoism quote 7224 | 



R espond to anger with virtue. Deal with difficulties while they are still easy. Handle the great while it is still small.


Daoism quote 7225 | 



B e still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity.


Daoism quote 7226 | 



T rying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.


Daoism quote 7227 | 



H e 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. If you want to accord with the Tao, just do your job, then let go.


Daoism quote 7228 | 



N ot-knowing is true knowledge. Presuming to know is a disease. First realize that you are sick; then you can move toward health.


Daoism quote 7229 | 



T o realize that you do not understand is a virtue; not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.


Daoism quote 7230 | 



A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving. A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants. A good scientist has freed himself of concepts and keeps his mind open to what is. Thus the Master is available to all people and doesn’t reject anyone. He is ready to use all situations and doesn’t waste anything. This is called embodying the light.


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