The Wise Man is square but not sharp, honest but not not malign, straight but not severe, bright but not dazzling.
("Tao Te Ching")
More Quotes from Lao Tzu:Therefore the sage is as pointed as a square but does not pierce. He is as acute as a knife but does not cut. He is as straight as an unbent line but does not extend. He is as bright as light but does not dazzle.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
A journey of a thousand miles starts in front of your feet. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth. A journey of a thousand miles starts in front of your feet.
... The sage works without recognition. He achieves what has to be done without dwelling on it. He does not try to show his knowledge.
Clay is molded to form a cup, But it is on its non-being that the utility of the cup depends. Doors and windows are cut out to make a room, But it is on its non-being that the utility of the room depends. Therefore turn being into advantage, and turn non-being into utility.
Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.
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