Ancient China
-570 // -490


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When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you
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
Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself
Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders
To see things in the seed, that is genius
To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect
To lead people walk behind them
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
Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."