Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself

Every instrument; every tool; every container—if they are doing what they were designed to do, they do that well, even though their designer isn’t there. And natural things—the power that shaped them lives in them. It is right to revere this power and to remember that if you live according to the dictates of this … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself

Daodejing 53

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