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Lao Tzu

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B eing deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

quote 7131  | 

I f we could renounce our sageness and discard our wisdom, it would be better for the people a hundredfold. If we could renounce our benevolence and discard our righteousness, the people would again become filial and kindly. If we could renounce our artful contrivances and discard our (scheming for) gain, there would be no thieves or robbers.

quote 7130  | 

W hen harmony no longer prevailed throughout the six kinships, filial sons found their manifestation; when the states and clans fell into disorder, loyal ministers appeared.

quote 7129  | 

F avour and disgrace would seem equally to be feared; honour and great calamity, to be regarded as personal conditions (of the same kind).

quote 7128  | 

W hen the work is done, and one’s name is becoming distinguished, to withdraw into obscurity is the way of Heaven.

quote 7127  | 

W hen gold and jade fill the hall, their possessor cannot keep them safe. When wealth and honours lead to arrogance, this brings its evil on itself.

quote 7126  | 

I t is better to leave a vessel unfilled, than to attempt to carry it when it is full.

quote 7125  | 

T he highest excellence is like (that of) water. The excellence of water appears in its benefiting all things, and in its occupying, without striving (to the contrary), the low place which all men dislike. Hence (its way) is near to (that of) the Dao.

quote 7124  | 

T he sage puts his own person last, and yet it is found in the foremost place; he treats his person as if it were foreign to him, and yet that person is preserved. Is it not because he has no personal and private ends, that therefore such ends are realised?

quote 7123  | 

H eaven is long-enduring and earth continues long. The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus long is because they do not live of, or for, themselves.

quote 7122  | 

H eaven and earth do not act from (the impulse of) any wish to be benevolent; they deal with all things as the sacrificial straw dogs are dealt with. The sages do not act from (any wish to be) benevolent; they deal with the people as the sacrificial straw dogs are dealt with. May not the space between heaven and earth be compared to a bellows?

quote 7121  | 

N ot to show the people what is likely to excite their desires is the way to keep their minds from disorder.

quote 7120  | 

N ot to prize articles which are difficult to procure is the way to keep the people from becoming thieves.

quote 7119  | 

N ot to value and employ men of superior ability is the way to keep the people from rivalry among themselves.

quote 7118  | 

L ife best accord with Tao, and hence manifest Te. Endorses mindfulness, humility, impartiality, and respect for the integrity of all things. This attunes to the natural world.

quote 7117  | 

R eturn to being the uncarved block. Simplicity of life in an unadulterated natural state.

quote 7116  | 

S o you can go on for a long, long time.

quote 7115  | 

R estraint keeps you out of danger.

quote 7114  | 

C ontentment keeps disgrace away.

quote 7113  | 

W hich is nearer, name or self? Which is dearer, self or wealth? Which gives more pain, loss or gain?

quote 7112  | 

H e is cautious, reserved and eschews experiences, ‘unhinge the mind’ or ‘disrupt the senses’.

quote 7111  | 

S obriety, restraint, equanimity and moderation.

quote 7110  | 

T he five colours blind the eyes. The five notes deafen our ears. The five flavours dull our taste.

quote 7109  | 

P rofound virtue is deep and farreaching; It returns to the origins with all things, And then leads to the great naturalness.

quote 7108  | 

T he adept has no fixed heart/mind but uses the heart/mind of the people. The adapt trusts the trustworthy, but also trusts the untrustworthy. By this the nature of trust is understood.

quote 7107  | 

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