Hope and fear are both phantoms that arise from thinking of the self. When we don't see the self as self, what do we have to fear?
("Tao Te Ching")
More Quotes from Lao Tzu:Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
Distortion upon distortion ... the more one uses the mind, the more confused one becomes.
To know men is to be wise to know oneself is to be illumined
We put thirty spokes to make a wheel But it is on the hole in the center that the use of the cart hinges. We make a vessel from a lump of clay But it is the empty space within the vessel that makes it useful. We make doors and windows for a room But it is the empty spaces that make the room livable. Thus, while existence has advantages, It is the emptiness that makes it useful.
It reverts to nothingness. This is called shape without shape, Form without object. It is The Vague and Elusive.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery. Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations. These two spring from the same source but differ in name this appears as darkness. Darkness within darkness. The gate to all mystery.
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