Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Lao Tzu: Path to Contentment
Lao Tzu or Laozi was a philosopher of ancient China in the 6th century BC best known as the author of Tao Te Ching, and the founder of philosophical Taoism.
-A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
-The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
-Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
-Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.
-When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.
-At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.
-Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
-When the best leader's work is done the people say,
We did it ourselves!
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-Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?
-To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.
Have few desires.
-The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.
-Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.
- The mark of a moderate man
is freedom from his own ideas:
Tolerant like the sky,
all-pervading like sunlight,
firm like a mountain,
supple like a tree in the wind,
he has no destination in view
and makes use of anything
life happens to bring his way.
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