Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it.
More Quotes from Lao Tzu: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.
You should rule a great country As you would fry a small fish With the least turning.
The world is full of half-enlightened masters. Overly clever, too 'sensitive' to live in the real world, they surround themselves with selfish pleasures and bestow their grandiose teachings upon the unwary. Prematurely publicizing themselves, intent upon.
Mask your brightness. Be at one with the dust of the earth. This is primal union.
When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.
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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