The following are excerpts from The Tao Te Ching.
When there is no desire all things are at peace.
He who defeats himself is powerful.
He who knows happiness is rich.
Be humble and you will become whole.
Bend and you will become straight.
The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.
Empty yourself and you will become full.
Wear yourself out and you will become new.
If you don’t trust people, you make them untrustworthy.
He who stands on tiptoe doesn’t stand firm.
He who rushes ahead doesn’t go far.
He who tries to shine dims his own light.
He who defines himself can’t know who he really is.
Success is just as dangerous as failure.
Hope is as hollow as fear.
Colors blind the eye.
Sounds deafen the ear.
Flavors numb the taste.
Thoughts weaken the mind.
Desires wither the heart.
He who clings to his work will create nothing that endures.
All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are.
If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.
Give evil nothing to oppose and it will disappear by itself.
The wise man does not show off, and so he shines.
The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others, the happier he is.
The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is
Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife and it will become dull.
If you try to change it, you will ruin it.
Try to hold it, and you will lose it.
He does not make himself known, and so he is noticed.
He does not praise himself, and so he has merit.
And because he does not compete, none in the world can compete with him.