The Tao Te Ching: Verse Seventy-Five

Is due to the glut in their ruler’s pursuit of life The people’s hunger Is due to the excess of their ruler’s taxation So they starve The people’s difficulty in being governed Is due to the meddling of their ruler So they are difficult to govern The people’s disregard for death So they disregard death […]

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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 Forty-Five

Great perfection seems flawed Its function is without failure Great fullness seems empty Its function is without exhaustion Great straightness seems bent Great skill seems unrefined Great eloquence seems inarticulate Movement overcomes cold Stillness overcomes heat Clear quietness is the standard of the world                                                    […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Forty-Four

Fame or the self, which is dearer? The self or wealth, which is greater? Gain or loss, which is more painful? Thus excessive love must lead to great spending Excessive hoarding must lead to heavy loss Knowing contentment avoids disgrace Knowing when to stop avoids danger Thus one can endure indefinitely                                  Lao Tzu The […]

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