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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ---->>>

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

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 leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

Silence is a source of great strength.

Silence is a source of great strength.

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.

Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.

Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. ---->>>

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. ---->>>

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. ---->>>

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy. ---->>>

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.

Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.

Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires. ---->>>

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. ---->>>

Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.

Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.

Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses. ---->>>

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it. ---->>>

The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honored by all in the world, Like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest. ---->>>

Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge.

Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge.

From caring comes courage.

From caring comes courage.

The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself. ---->>>

The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world. ---->>>

Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment. ---->>>

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. ---->>>

He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.

He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.

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.

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.

Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself. ---->>>

When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves.'

When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves.'

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. ---->>>

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough. ---->>>

By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning. ---->>>

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself. ---->>>

An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox. ---->>>

To lead people walk behind them. ---->>>

One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him. ---->>>

The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, 'We did it ourselves.' ---->>>

In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it. ---->>>

He who is contented is rich. ---->>>

If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.

If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.

Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it.

Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it.

Because of a great love, one is courageous.

Because of a great love, one is courageous.

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven. ---->>>

I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any. ---->>>

He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know. ---->>>

If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve. ---->>>

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.

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.

He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.

He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.

Great acts are made up of small deeds.

Great acts are made up of small deeds.

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. ---->>>

If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.

If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own. ---->>>

He who talks more is sooner exhausted. ---->>>

For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions. ---->>>

All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small. ---->>>

From wonder into wonder existence opens. ---->>>

The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be. ---->>>

The words of truth are always paradoxical.

The words of truth are always paradoxical.

Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens. ---->>>

Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it. ---->>>

When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.

When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.

The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes. ---->>>

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect. ---->>>

To see things in the seed, that is genius. ---->>>

Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.

Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.

To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty. ---->>>

It is better to do one's own duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins. ---->>>

Be the chief but never the lord.

Be the chief but never the lord.

The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days. ---->>>

How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men? ---->>>

A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar. ---->>>

He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. ---->>>

One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others. ---->>>

Nature is not human hearted.

Nature is not human hearted.

He who knows himself is enlightened. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Biography

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Name: Lao Tzu
Nationality: Chinese
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Birthplace: Zhou Dynasty
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Occupation: Philosopher
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Laozi (also Lao-Tzu or Lao-Tze, Chinese: 老子; pinyin: Lǎozǐ, literally "Old Master") was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is known as the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism, and a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions. Although a legendary figure, Laozi is usually dated to around the 6th century BCE and reckoned a contemporary of Confucius, but some historians contend that he actually lived during the Warring States period of the 5th or 4th century BCE (wikipedia)