He who knows does not speak.
He who speaks does not know.
He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
He who conquers others has physical strength,
He who conquers himself is strong.
The sage wears clothes of coarse cloth but carries jewels
in his bosom;
He knows himself but does not display himself;
He loves himself but does not hold himself in high esteem.
Thus he rejects the latter and takes the former.
Great acts are made up of small deeds.
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
If I have even just a little sense, I will walk on the main road and my only fear will be of straying from it.
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: “we did it ourselves.”
Topics: Leaders, Leadership, Love, People
Even a journey of a thousand miles starts from right under one’s feet.
The world is ruled by letting things take their course.
Know contentment and you will suffer no disgrace. Know when to stop and you will meet with no danger. You can then endure.
Confront the difficult when it is still easy: accomplish the great task by a series of small acts.
We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.
A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.
In ruling the people and in serving heaven it is best for a ruler to be sparing. It is because he is sparing that it may be said that he is able to follow the way from the start; Following the way from the start he may be said to accumulate an abundance of virtue; Accumulating an abundance of virtue there is nothing he cannot overcome; When there is nothing he cannot overcome, no one knows his limit; When no one knows his limit he can possess a state.
I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.
Topics: Leaders, Leadership
The perfect man employs his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing; it refuses nothing. It receives, but does not keep.
To know you have enough is to be rich.
Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires.
Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.
Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.
All things in the world come from being.
And being comes from non-being.
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.
Topics: Awareness, Wisdom, Strength, Action, Power, Win, Intelligence
A man who knows how little he knows is well, a man who knows how much he knows is sick. If, when you see the symptoms, you can tell, Your cure is quick.
A sound man knows that sickness makes him sick and before he catches it his cure is quick.
He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire.
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