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Quotations from Taoism

  1. I confess that there is nothing to teach: no religion, no science, no body of information which will lead your mind back to the Tao. Today I speak in this fashion, tomorrow in another, but always the Integral Way is beyond words and beyond mind.
  2. Remember: if you can cease all restless activity, your integral nature will appear. (Hua Hu Ching)
  3. Look at this window: it is nothing but a hole in the wall, but because of it the whole room is full of light. So when the faculties are empty, the heart is full of light.
  4. If you persist in trying to attain what is never attained (It is Tao's gift), if you persist in making effort to obtain what effort cannot get, if you persist in reasoning about what cannot be understood, you will be destroyed by the very thing you seek. To know when to stop, to know when you can get no further by your own action, this is the right beginning! (Chuang Tzu)
  5. There is no greater sin than desire, No greater curse than discontent, No greater misfortune than wanting something for oneself. Therefore he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
  6. He who is attached to things will suffer much. (The Tao Te Ching)
  7. To name Tao is to name no-thing.
    Tao is not the name of (something created).
    "Cause" and "chance" have no bearing on the Tao.
    Tao is a name that indicates without defining.
  8. A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
  9. To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
  10. One who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
  11. He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
  12. While day by day the overzealous student stores up facts for future use, He who has learned to trust nature finds need for ever fewer external directions. He will discard formula after formula, until he reaches the conclusion: Let nature take its course. By letting each thing act in accordance with its own nature, everything that needs to be done gets done.
  13. He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk.
  14. A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
  15. Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
  16. He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.
  17. Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.
  18. I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men. The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, We did it ourselves.
  19. Nature is not human hearted.
  20. Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it.
  21. He who knows he has enough is rich.
  22. He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
  23. The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.
  24. The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
  25. Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.


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