Failure is the foundation of success, and the means by which it is achieved.
There are two paths leading to oneness with the Tao. The first in the path of acceptance. Affirm everyone and everything. Freely extend you goodwill and virtue in every direction, regardless of circumstances. Embrace all things as part of the Harmonious Oneness, and then you will begin to perceive it. The second path is that of denial. Recognize that everything you see and think is a falsehood, an illusion, a veil over the truth. Peel all the veils away, and you will arrive at the Oneness. Though these paths are entirely different, they will deliver you to the same place spontaneous awareness of the Great Oneness.
He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
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.
A good calculator does not need artificial aids.
Know the white, But keep the black, Be an example to the world Being an example to the world, Ever true and unwavering, Return to the infinite.
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
For one gains by losing And loses by gaining.
When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.
Giving to others selflessly and anonymously, radiating light throughout the world and illuminating your own darkness, your virtue becomes a sanctuary for yourself and all beings. That is what is meant by embodying the Tao.
Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.
There are three layers to the universe. In the lower, Tai Ching, and the middle, Shan Ching, the hindrance of a physical bodily existence is required. Those who fail to live consistently in accord with the Tao reside here. In the upper, Yu Ching, there is only Tao the bondage of form is broken, and the only thing existing is the exquisite energy dance of the immortal divine beings.
The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.
Why is the sea king of a hundred streams Because it lies below them... If the sage would guide the people, he must serve with humility. If he would lead them, he must follow behind. In this way when the sage rules, the people will not feel oppressed...
When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.
To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
To see things in the seed, that is genius.
The sage does not hoard. Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more having given all he has to others, he is richer still.
By the accident of fortune a man may rule the world for a time, but by virtue of love he may rule the world forever.
John Locke - Mortimer Adler - Michel de Montaigne - Mencius - Martin Heidegger - Marquis de Condorcet - Leo Strauss - Avicenna - Anaxagoras - Amartya Sen