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LAO, Tzu



Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.


Without going outside, you may know the whole world.

Without looking through the window, you may see the ways of heaven.

The farther you go, the less you know.

Thus the sage knows without travelling;

He sees without looking;

He works without doing.


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


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.


Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.


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.


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.


Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.


If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.


To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.


Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.


A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.


I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.


Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.


Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.


Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge.


The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.


Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.


He who does not trust enough, will not be trusted.


When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.


I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any.


From caring comes courage.


Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.


Because of a great love, one is courageous.


Be the chief but never the lord.


He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.


Great acts are made up of small deeds.