(604-531BC) Chinese Philosopher, Co-founder of Taoism
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To know others is wisdom, to know oneself is enlightenment.
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
A tree that can fill the span of a man's arms grows from a downy tip; A terrace nine storeys high rises from handfuls of earth; A journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath one's feet.
All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.
All things in the world come from being. And being comes from non-being.
As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best the people honor 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!'
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
He who knows does not speak; He who speaks does not know. He who is truthful is not showy; He who is showy is not truthful. He who is virtuous does not dispute; He who disputes is not virtuous. He who is learned is not wise; He who is wise is not learned. Therefore the sage does not display his own merits.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Quarrel with a friend and you are both wrong.
The good man is the teacher of the bad, And the bad is the material from which the good may learn. He who does not value the teacher, Or greatly care for the material, Is greatly deluded although he may be learned. Such is the essential mystery.
The journey of a thousand leagues begins from beneath your feet.
The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
The way to do is to be.
To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
To see things in the seed, that is genius.
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.
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.