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  • ... The sage works without recognition. He achieves what has to be done without dwelling on it. He does not try to show his knowledge.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • Without stirring abroad, One can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window One can see the way of heaven. The further one goes The less one knows.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
    (Lao Tzu)


  • The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • A mans excellence is like that of water It benefits all things without striving It takes to the low places shunned by men. Water is akin to Tao.... In all the earth nothing weaker than water, Yet in attacking the hard, nothing superior, Nothing so certain in wearing down strength There is no way to resist it. Note then The weak conquer the strong, The yielding outlast the aggressors.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • Most of the world's religions serve only to strengthen attachments to false concepts such as self and other, life and death, heaven and earth, and so on. Those who become entangled in these false ideas are prevented from perceiving the Integral Oneness.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • Tao invariably takes no action, and yet there is nothing left undone.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • 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.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • When the people of the world all know beauty as beauty, There arises the recognition of ugliness. When they all know the good as good, There arises the recognition of evil.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • The Tao gives birth to One. One gives birth to yin and yang. Yin and yang give birth to all things.... The complete whole is the complete whole. So also is any part the complete whole.... But forget about understanding and harmonizing and making all things one. The universe is already a harmonious oneness just realize it.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • Abandon fancy theologies and imaginary ideas and do some ordinary daily work... Engage in this work with unswerving kindness and unending patience.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • ... integral wisdom involves a direct participation in every moment the observer and the observed are dissolved in the light of pure awareness, and no mental concepts or attitudes are present to dim that light.
    (Lao Tzu)

  • The highest truth cannot be put into words. Therefore the greatest teacher has nothing to say. He simply gives himself in service, and never worries.
    (Lao Tzu)


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