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Lao-Tzu #81: The Tao of Heaven nourishes by not forcing.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Lao-Tzu #65: The rigid and stiff will be broken. The soft and yielding will overcome.

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

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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

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