Taoist Proverbs


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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.

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 don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

When you are lacking in faith, others will be unfaithful to you.

When you stand with your two feet on the ground, you will always keep your balance.

The journey is the reward.

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 wants.

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.

To act sincerely with the insincere is dangerous.

To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.

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.

We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.

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

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

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.

He who is contented is rich.

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

A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.

No one can see their reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.

All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.

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

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