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  The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  When you are content to be simply yourself and dont compare or compete, everyone will respect you.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  Stop thinking, and end your problems.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honour and praise. The next, the people fear and the next, the people hate. When the best leader's work is done, the people say 'We did it ourselves.'  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  A terrace nine stories high begins with a pile of earth.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  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.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  The way of heaven has no favorites. It is always with the good man.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  The sage does not accumulate for himself. The more he uses for others, the more he has himself. The more he gives to others, the more he has himself.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  Can you deal with the most vital matters by letting events take their course? Can you step back from your own mind and thus understand all things?  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Go to the people. Live with them, learn from them, love them.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  There is no disaster greater than not being content. There is no misfortune greater than being covetous.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  The moral man does something, and when no one responds he rolls up his sleeves and uses force.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  The master observes the world but trusts his inner vision. He allows things to come and go. His heart is open as the sky.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  When you are content to be simply yourself and dont compare or compete, everybody will respect you.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  The best fighter is never angry.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Do you imagine the universe is agitated? Go into the desert at night and look at the stars. This practice should answer the question.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  Great acts are made up of small deeds.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  Nature is not human-hearted.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  To lead the people, walk behind them.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Respond to anger with virtue. Deal with difficulties while they are still easy. Handle the great while it is still small.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And there is no greater disaster than greed.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  My teachings are easy to understand and easy to put into practice. Yet your intellect will never grasp them, and if you try to practice them, you'll fail. My teachings are older than the world. How can you grasp their meaning? If you want to know me, look inside your heart.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away. Awaken him with your words, elevate him with your deeds, repay his injury with your kindness. Do not cast him away; cast away his wickedness.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Do not conquer the world with force, for force only causes resistance. Thorns spring up when an army passes. Years of misery follow a great victory. Do only what needs to be done without using violence.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  He who defends with love will be secure; Heaven will save him and protect him with love.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  If the people must be ever fearful of death, then there will always be an executioner.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Dont think you can attain total awareness and whole enlightenment without proper discipline and practice. This is egomania. Appropriate rituals channel your emotions and life energy toward the light. Without the discipline to practice them, you will tumble constantly backward into darkness.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Some lose yet gain, others gain and yet lose.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Failure is an opportunity. If you blame someone else, there is no end to the blame.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Hold on to the center and make up your mind to rejoice in this paradise called life.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

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

  A leader is best when people barely know he exists. Of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, 'We did this ourselves.'  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Because of a great love, one is courageous.  
 -  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
  

  He who possesses virtue in abundance may be compared to an infant.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  I have three treasures. Guard and keep them: The first is deep love, the second is frugality, and the third is not to dare to be ahead of the world. Because of deep love, one is courageous. Because of frugality, one is generous. Because of not daring to be ahead of the world, one becomes the leader of the world.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  The way of the sage is to act but not to compete.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  To yield is to be preserved whole. To be bent is to become straight. To be empty is to be full. To be worn out is to be renewed. To have little is to possess. To have plenty is to be perplexed.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Heaven's net is indeed vast. Though its meshes are wide, it misses nothing.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  The way of the heaven is to benefit others and not to injure.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  When the highest type of men hear Tao, they diligently practice it. When the average type of men hear Tao, they half believe in it. When the lowest type of men hear Tao, they laugh heartily at it.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  The sage never strives himself for the great, and thereby the great is achieved.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Tao is the storehouse of all things. It is the good man's treasure and the bad man's refuge.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  The best man is like water. Water is good; it benefits all things and does not compete with them. It dwells in lowly places that all disdain. This is why it is so near to Tao.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  To become learned, each day add something. To become enlightened, each day drop something.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Boasting of wealth and virtue brings your demise.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  If you understand others you are smart. If you understand yourself you are illuminated. If you overcome others you are powerful. If you overcome yourself you have strength. If you know how to be satisfied you are rich. If you can act with vigor, you have a will. If you dont lose your objectives you can be long-lasting. If you die without loss, you are eternal.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Our enemies are not demons, but human beings like ourselves.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Let your workings remain a mystery. Just show people the results.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Know glory but cleave to humiliation.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  The sage wears rough clothing and holds the jewel in his heart.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  He who possesses virtue in abundance may be compared to an infant.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Go to the people. Live with them, learn from them, love them.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Because of a great love, one is courageous.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Governing a large country is like frying fish. You spoil it with too much poking.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  To become learned, each day add something. To become enlightened, each day drop something.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  To lead the people, walk behind them.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Nature is not human-hearted.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  He who possesses virtue in abundance may be compared to an infant.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Respond to anger with virtue. Deal with difficulties while they are still easy. Handle the great while it is still small.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  He who possesses virtue in abundance may be compared to an infant.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Do not conquer the world with force, for force only causes resistance. Thorns spring up when an army passes. Years of misery follow a great victory. Do only what needs to be done without using violence.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Failure is an opportunity. If you blame someone else, there is no end to the blame.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Don't think you can attain total awareness and whole enlightenment without proper discipline and practice. This is egomania. Appropriate rituals channel your emotions and life energy toward the light. Without the discipline to practice them, you will tumble constantly backward into darkness.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And there is no greater disaster than greed.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And there is no greater disaster than greed.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  The best fighter is never angry.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

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

  Before healing others, heal yourself.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Fail to honor people,they fail to honor you; but of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aims fulfilled, they will all say, 'We did this ourselves.'  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  For all things difficult to acquire, the intelligent man works with perseverance.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Kindness in giving creates love.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  Silence is a source of great strength.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  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.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

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

  The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  The reason why the universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself; it gives life to others as it transforms.  
 -  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