The wise man knows that it is better to sit on the banks of a remote mountain stream than to be emperor of the whole world.
He who pursues fame at the risk of losing his self is not a scholar.
All that is limited by form, semblance, sound, color is called object. Among them all, man alone is more than an object. Though, like objects, he has form and semblance, He is not limited to form. He is more. He can attain to formlessness. When he is beyond form and semblance, beyond this and that, where is the comparison with another object? Where is the conflict? What can stand in his way? He will rest in his eternal place which is no-place. He will be hidden in his own unfathomable secret. His nature sinks to its root in the One. His vitality, his power hide in secret Tao.
Topics: Mankind, Man
Let everything be allowed to do what it naturally does, so that its nature will be satisfied.
The torch of doubt and chaos is what the sage steers by.
Horses have hoofs to carry them over frost and snow; hair, to protect them from wind and cold. They eat grass and drink water, and fling up their heels…. Such is the real nature of horses.
My opinion is that you never find happiness until you stop looking for it.
By ethical argument and moral principle the greatest crimes are eventually shown to have been necessary, and, in fact, a signal benefit to mankind.
If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation.
Topics: The Mind, Mind
Easy is right. Begin right, and you will be easy. Continue easy and you are right… The right way to go easy is to forget the right way, and forget that the going is easy.
Rewards and punishment is the lowest form of education.
The perfect man uses his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing, it rejects nothing. It receives but does not keep.
When there is no more separation between ‘this’ and ‘that,’ it is called the still-point of the Tao. At the still point in the center of the circle one can see the infinite in all things.
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