37. When you pretend you can do what you cannot do, you demean yourself and prevent someone who might do the job from doing it. Someone who might turn out to be a friend.
The parts of the whole—everything in other words—must die. That’s one way of looking at it. But “must change” is a better way of seeing it. The parts change, but they remain parts of the whole. (X.7)
Were anyone to ask me to govern according to the way, first I would work at humility. The way is clear but people choose alleys. Look at the polished buildings. Now notice that the fields are rutted. This is why your food is tainted. Look at the elegant clothing; at the impressive weapons; see how … More Daodejing 53
The art of living is more like the art of the wrestler than the art of the dancer. Be ready, stand firm, and expect to be hit. (VII. 61)
Sure, you want to explode. But remember this: People will still do as they always have. (VIII. 4)
Don’t be dissatisfied, disappointed, or disgusted when you fail to live up to your principles. Fairly close is not bad. Now, get back to your philosophy, not as if philosophy is work, but as if it is a poultice for a sore eye. In that way you will be obeying reason and resting in it. Remember … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself