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  Quotes of Lao-tse [40]


  1. Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.
  2. When armies are mobilized and issues are joined, the man who is sorry over the fact will win.
  3. To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.
  4. Great acts are made up of small deeds.
  5. A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
  6. The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.
  7. People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge.
  8. Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.
  9. We turn clay to make a vessel, but it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the vessel depends.
  10. One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.
  11. The journey of a thousand leagues begins from beneath your feet.
  12. Wonder into wonder existence opens.
  13. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
  14. Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness.
  15. When victorious in war, one should observe mourning rites.
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