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Laozi (Lao Tzu) (6th-5th century BC) was a philosopher of ancient China, best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching. He is traditionally considered the founder of philosophical Taoism. He is also revered as a deity in most religious forms of Taoist philosophy.

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


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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.


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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.


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


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Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small.


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


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


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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.


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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.


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Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.


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


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Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.


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Silence is a source of great strength.


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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.


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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.


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


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Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.


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


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


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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.


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


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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.


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


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


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

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