- When Masculine and Feminine combine, all things achieve harmony.
- Knowing Others is Wisdom, Knowing Self is Enlightenment.
- Knowing ignorance is strength, ignoring knowledge is sickness; the sage is not sick, because he is sick of sickness; as such he is not sick.
- In the pursuit of learning, everyday something is acquired, In the pursuit of Tao, something is dropped
That without substance can enter where there is no room
Hence the sage knows the value of non-action.
Man follows the earth,
Earth follows heaven,
Heaven follows the Tao
Tao follows what is natural
The sage stays behind, thus he is ahead,
He is detached, thus at one with all
Through selfless action, he attains fulfillment.
Because he does not compete
He does not meet competition
The highest good is like water
Water does not strive
It gives life to ten thousand things
It flows in places men reject
So it is like the Tao
Most quotes come from Tao Te Ching, Translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English