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  • If you go searching for the Great Creator, you will come back empty-handed. The source of the universe is ultimately unknowable, a great invisible river flowing forever through a vast and fertile valley. Silent and uncreated, it creates all things.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • If your virtue is especially radiant, it can be possible to open a pathway to the subtle realm and receive these celestial teachings directly from the immortals.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • To lead people walk behind them.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • It reverts to nothingness. This is called shape without shape, Form without object. It is The Vague and Elusive.
    (Lao Tzu)


  • The Way of Heaven does not compete, and yet it skillfully achieves victory.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • ... These are notions of the mind, which is like a knife, always chipping away at the Tao, trying to render it graspable and manageable. But that which is beyond form is ungraspable, and that which is beyond knowing is unmanageable. There is, however, this consolation She who lets go of the knife will find the Tao at her fingertips.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • The sense organs, which are limited in scope and ability, randomly gather information. This partial information is arranged into judgments, which are based on previous judgments, which are usually based on someone else's foolish ideas. These false concepts and ideas are then stored in a highly selective memory system.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • 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.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • The sage wears clothes of coarse cloth but carries jewels in his bosom He knows himself but does not display himself He loves himself but does not hold himself in high esteem
    (Lao Tzu)

  • Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • Practice non-action. Work without doing.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • The truth often sounds paradoxical.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • From wonder into wonder existence opens.
    (Lao Tzu)


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