It is better to do one's own duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins.
Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner.
Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it
From wonder into wonder existence opens.
Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.
To lead the people, walk behind them.
Marriage is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness of sins.
He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
The sage never tries to store things up. The more he does for others, the more he has. The more he gives to others, the greater his abundance.
Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing