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The wisdom of Lao Tzu

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D o not conquer the world with force, for force only causes resistance. Thorns spring up when an army passes. Years of misery follow a great victory. Do only what needs to be done without using violence.

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I f you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind.

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A man who knows how little he knows is well, a man who knows how much he knows is sick. If, when you see the symptoms, you can tell, your cure is quick. A sound man knows that sickness makes him sick and before he catches it his cure is quick.

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S pring comes, and the grass grows by itself.

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T he Master takes action by letting things take their course. He remains as calm at the end as at the beginning. He has nothing, thus has nothing to lose. What he desires is non-desire; what he learns is to unlearn. He simply reminds people of who they have always been. He cares about nothing but the Tao. Thus he can care for all things.

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R ushing into action, you fail. Trying to grasp things, you lose them. Forcing a project to completion, you ruin what was almost ripe.

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I mmersed 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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S hape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful. Cut doors and windows for a room; It is the holes which make it useful. Therefore benefit comes from what is there; Usefulness from what is not there.

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I n the end, the treasure of life is missed by those who hold on and gained by those who let go.

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N ew Beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.

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T ake care with the end as you do with the beginning.

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I f you look to others for fulfilment, you will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. 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.

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T he difficult problems in life always start off being simple. Great affairs always start off being small.

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S ome lose yet gain, others gain and yet lose.

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T he person of superior integrity does not insist upon his integrity. For this reason, he has integrity. The person of inferior integrity never loses sight of his integrity; For this reason, he lacks integrity.

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I f you are untrustworthy, people will not trust you.

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T here 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. He lets them go their own way, and resides at the centre of the circle.

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D o 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.

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W ould you like to save the world from the degradation and destruction it seems destined for? Then step away from shallow mass movements and quietly go to work on your own self-awareness. 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 dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.

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N ot seeking, not expecting, she is present, and can welcome all things.

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I f 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 neighbours. If there is to be peace between neighbours, 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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L ove is of all the passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.

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W hen pure sincerity forms within, it is outwardly realized in other people’s hearts.

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W hat is a good man but a bad man’s teacher? What is a bad man but a good man’s job? If you don’t understand this, you will get lost however intelligent you are. It is the great secret.

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