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Clay is fashioned into vessels; but it is on their empty hollowness, that their use depends.

("Tao Te Ching")

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The man of superior virtue is not conscious of his virtue, And in this way he really possesses virtue. The man of inferior virtue never loses sight of his virtue, And in this way he loses his virtue.
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Some help others in order to receive blessings and admiration. This is simply meaningless. Some cultivate themselves in part to serve others, in part to serve their own pride. They will understand, at best, half of the truth. But those who improve themselves for the sake of the world to these, the whole truth of the universe will be revealed.
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I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness the second is frugality the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold be frugal and you can be liberal avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.
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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
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The first practice is the practice of undiscriminating virtue take care of those who are deserving also, and equally, take care of those who are not. When you extend your virtue in all directions without discriminating, you feet are firmly planted on the path that returns to the Tao.
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The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.
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