In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.
Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.
Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn’t possess,
acts but doesn’t expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.
Figure out the rhythm of life and live in harmony with it.
If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.
My teachings are easy to understand and easy to put into practice. Yet your intellect will never grasp them, and if you try to practice them,you’ll fail.
My teachings are older than the world. How can you grasp their meaning?
If you want to know me, Look inside your heart.
The difficult problems in life always start off being simple. Great affairs always start off being small.
The Way to do is to be.
Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.