Lao Tzu

I started reading Lao Tzu today. He is one of the spaciest of the Chinese philosophers, even deeper than Confucius.

  • Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
  • One cannot reflect in the streaming water, only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
  • Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.
  • The snow goose does not bathe to make itself white.  Neither do you need be anything but yourself.
  • An ant on the move does more than the dozing Ox.
  • He who talks more is sooner exhausted.
  • Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, and have few desires.
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