scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to
be deemed a scholar.
All difficult things have their origin in that which is
easy, and great things in that which is small.
ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.
Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.
the center of your being you have the answer; you know
who you are and you know what you want.
a spot on the ground where nothing is growing, where
something might be planted, a seed, from the Absolute.
Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep
sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Fill your house with gold and jade, and it can no longer
Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do
not overdo it.
who controls others may be powerful, but he who has
mastered himself is mightier still.
He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.
He who is contented is rich.
He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is
He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not
He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.
Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is
the greatest treasure.
Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the
you do not change direction, you may end up where you
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.
you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.
you would take, you must first give, this is the
beginning of intelligence.
dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to
the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In
governing, donít try to control. In work, do what you
enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
motion be like water... at rest, like a mirror. Resound
like the echo; be subtle, as though nonexistent.
the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak
than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and
strong, nothing can surpass it.
is not enough to be
compassionate. You must act also.
Just remember, when you should grab something, grab it;
when you should let go, let go.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in
thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving
Love is of all passions the strongest, for it
attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the
One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to
agree with him.
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
Supreme sincerity evokes resonance.
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 honors.
The way you can go isn't the real way. The name you can
say isn't the real name, so the unwanting soul sees what
is hidden, and the ever wanting soul sees only what it
The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more
he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
act sincerely with the insincere is dangerous.
know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to
know yet to think that one knows will lead to
see things in the seed, that is
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
cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only
in still water that we can see.
We make a vessel from a lump of clay; It is the space
inside the vessel that makes it useful. ... Thus, while
the tangible has advantages, It is the intangible that
makes it useful.
We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to
What is in the end to be thrown down, Begins by being
first set on high.
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
When you are content to be simply yourself and donít
compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
When you are lacking in faith, others will be unfaithful
When you stand with your two feet on the ground, you
will always keep your balance.