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Category Archives: Taoism
81 True words do not sound beautiful; beautiful sounding words are not true. Wise men don’t need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise. Wise men are not scholars, and scholars are not wise. The … Continue reading
Lao-Tzu #80: Let people enjoy the simple technologies, let them enjoy their food, let them make their own clothes, let them be content with their own homes, and delight in the customs that they cherish.
80 Small countries with few people are best. Give them all of the things they want, and they will see that they do not need them. Teach them that death is a serious thing, and to be content to … Continue reading
Lao-Tzu #79: A virtuous person will do the right thing, and persons with no virtue will take advantage of others.
79 Difficulties remain, even after solving a problem. How then can we consider that as good? Therefore the Master does what she knows is right, and makes no demands of others. A virtuous person will do the right … Continue reading
Lao-Tzu #78: Everyone knows that the soft and yielding overcomes the rigid and hard, but few can put this knowledge into practice.
78 Water is the softest and most yielding substance. Yet nothing is better than water, for overcoming the hard and rigid, because nothing can compete with it. Everyone knows that the soft and yielding overcomes the rigid and … Continue reading
Lao-Tzu #77: The Tao works to use the excess, and gives to that which is depleted. The way of people is to take from the depleted, and give to those who already have an excess.
77 The Tao of Heaven works in the world like the drawing of a bow. The top is bent downward; the bottom is bent up. The excess is taken from, and the deficient is given to. The Tao … Continue reading
76 The living are soft and yielding; the dead are rigid and stiff. Living plants are flexible and tender; the dead are brittle and dry. Those who are stiff and rigid are the disciple of death. Those who … Continue reading
Lao-Tzu #75: When people begin to view death lightly, wealthy people have too much which causes others to starve.
75 When people go hungry, the government’s taxes are too high. When people become rebellious, the government has become too intrusive. When people begin to view death lightly, wealthy people have too much which causes others to starve. … Continue reading
74 If you do not fear death, then how can it intimidate you? If you aren’t afraid of dying, there is nothing you can not do. Those who harm others are like inexperienced boys trying to take the … Continue reading
73 Being over bold and confident is deadly. The wise use of caution will keep you alive. One is the way to death, and the other is the way to preserve your life. Who can understand the workings … Continue reading
Lao-Tzu #72: Do not meddle with people’s livelihoods; if you respect them, they will in turn respect you.
72 When people become overly bold, then disaster will soon arrive. Do not meddle with people’s livelihoods; if you respect them, they will in turn respect you. Therefore, the Master knows herself but is not arrogant. She … Continue reading