Without stirring abroad, One can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window One can see the way of heaven. The further one goes The less one knows.
One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.
When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.
The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.
He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.
The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honored by all in the world, Like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest.
The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours.
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.
Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.
To see things in the seed, that is genius.
He who talks more is sooner exhausted.
The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.
Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.