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Along the way to knowledge, many things are accumulated... Along the way to wisdom, many things are discarded. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 04/28/2017

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 09/03/2016

If you persist in trying to attain what is never attained. . . If you persist in making effort to obtain what effort cannot get; if you persist in reasoning about what cannot be understood. . .

You will be destroyed by the very thing you seek.

To know when to stop. . . To know when you can get no further by your own action, this is the right beginning.
Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 05/13/2016

He who knows others is wise;
He who knows himself is enlightened.
Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 06/22/2015

Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 06/04/2015

Stop thinking and end your problems. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 06/04/2015

Silence is a source of Great Strength. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 06/04/2015

If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.
Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 06/04/2015

How does the ocean become the king of all rivers and streams? Because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 09/02/2013

If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 06/27/2013

Don't think you can attain total awareness and whole enlightenment without proper discipline and practice.

This is egomania.

Appropriate rituals channel your emotions and energy toward the light. Without the discipline to practice them, you will tumble constantly backward into darkness.
Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 01/08/2013

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 03/13/2012

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 03/13/2012

A sage is not only kind to the kind but also kind to the unkind. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 03/06/2012

Who is there who can make muddy waters clear? But if allowed to remain still, it will gradually clear itself. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 09/25/2011

By the accident of good fortune a man may rule the world for a time. But by virtue of love he may rule the world for ever. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 09/25/2011

He who knows how glory shines, Yet loves disgrace and is not poled by it, He becomes like a spacious valley to which all men come from beneath the sky. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 09/25/2011

If you persist in trying to attain what is never attained (It is Tao's Gift!), If you persist in making effort to obtain what effort cannot get, If you persist in reasoning about what cannot be understood, You will be destroyed by the very thing you seek.

To know when to stop, To know when you can get no further by your own action, This is the right beginning!
Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)

Date added: 09/25/2011
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"If you persist in trying to attain what is never attained (It is Tao's Gift!), If you persist in making effort to obtain what effort cannot get, If you persist in reasoning about what cannot be understood, You will be destroyed by the very thing you seek. To know when to stop, To know when you can get no further by your own action, This is the right beginning! "

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