The Tao Te Ching: Verse Seventy-One

To know that you do not know is highest To not know but think you know is flawed Only when one recognizes the fault as a fault can one be without fault The sages are without fault Because they recognize the fault as a fault That is why they are without fault                                                                            Lao Tzu […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Seventy

My words are easy to understand, easy to practice The world cannot understand, cannot practice My words have basis My actions have principle People do not understand this Therefore they do not understand me Those who understand me are few Thus I am highly valued Therefore the sage wears plain clothes but holds jade                                                                                        […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Sixty-Nine

In using the military, there is a saying: I dare not be the host, but prefer to be the guest I dare not advance an inch, but prefer to withdraw a foot This is called marching in formation without formation Raising arms without arms Grappling enemies without enemies Holding weapons without weapons There is no […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Sixty-Eight

The great generals are not warlike The great warriors do not get angry Those who are good at defeating enemies do not engage them Those who are good at managing people lower themselves It is called the virtue of non-contention It is called the power of managing people It is called being harmonious with Heaven […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Sixty-Seven

Everyone in the world calls my Tao great As if it is beyond compare It is only because of its greatness That it seems beyond compare If it can be compared It would already be insignificant long ago! I have three treasures I hold on to them and protect them The first is called compassion […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Sixty-Six

Rivers and oceans can be the kings of a hundred valleys Because of their goodness in staying low So they can be the kings of a hundred valleys Thus if sages wish to be over people They must speak humbly to them If they wish to be in front of people They must place themselves […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Sixty-Five

Those of ancient times who were adept at the Tao Used it not to make people brighter But to keep them simple The difficulty in governing people Is due their excessive cleverness Therefore, using cleverness to govern the state Is being a thief of the state Not using cleverness to govern the state Is being […]

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