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  • So it is that some things are increased by being diminished, and others are diminished by being increased.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • The further one goes, the less one knows.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus long is because they do not live of, or for, themselves.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • The road you can talk about is not the road you can walk on
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")


  • The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • The Wise Man is square but not sharp, honest but not not malign, straight but not severe, bright but not dazzling.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • Clay is fashioned into vessels; but it is on their empty hollowness, that their use depends.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • To understand the limitation of things, desire them.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • He is free from self- display, and therefore he shines;
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • 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?
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")


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