Taoist Proverbs

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One cannot reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.

An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.

He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.

One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.

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 failure.

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

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

Supreme sincerity evokes resonance.

Be a spot on the ground where nothing is growing, where something might be planted, a seed, from the Absolute.

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

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.

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.

If 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.

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

If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.

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.

Fill your house with gold and jade, and it can no longer be guarded.

In motion be like water... at rest, like a mirror. Resound like the echo; be subtle, as though nonexistent.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

In the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it.

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