Water flows humbly to the lowest level.Nothing is weaker than water,Yet for overcoming what is hard and strong,Nothing surpasses it.
Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding.
To see things in the seed, that is genius.
The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.
Pride attaches undue importance to the superiority of one's status in the eyes of others; And shame is fear of humiliation at one's inferior status in the estimation of others. When one sets his heart on being highly esteemed, and achieves such rating, then he is automatically involved in fear of losing his status
The Way of Heaven does not compete, And yet it skillfully achieves victory. It does not speak, and yet it skillfully responds to things. It comes to you without your invitation
Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it
Those who know others are intelligent; those who know themselves are truly wise . Those who master others are strong; those who master themselves have true power
Abandon learning and there will be no sorrow
To see things in the seed, that is genius
Without going out-of-doors, one can know all he needs to know. Without even looking out of his window, one can grasp the nature of everything. Without going beyond his own nature, one can achieve ultimate wisdom. Therefore, the intelligent man knows all he needs to know without going away, And sees all he needs to see without looking elsewhere, And does all he needs to do wihout undue exertion
He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire.
Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.
Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.