The unchanging way remains unmanageable. Even though it is small and simple, no one dares claim to be its master. If leaders really mastered it,all would submit to them—the skyand earth would suddenly unite, raining down plenty, and all people would share,fairly, without compulsion. When the way becomes action,we have a name for that … More Daodejing 32
Weapons are instruments of death. Therefore, living things hate them. Followers of the way avoid weapons except in direstcircumstance, preferring calm. Avoid victory by force— violence leads only to violence. Remember: a killer is never trusted long. Celebrate a victory like a funeral.
Here is advice for leadership in the way: don’t consider force— the result is predictable. Wherever an army is, briars and thorns spring up. Large armies lead to famine. A skillful leader strikes a decisive blow but never seeks total victory. He will win, then guard against his own arrogance. He strikes because he must, … More Daodejing 30
Study adds something day by day; wisdom discards something day by day— discarding, discarding, until there is nothing stirring, yet everything gets done. A leader leads by relaxing. Doing otherwise is embarrassing.
Why travel to understand the world? Why look out the window to learn the will of the sky? The farther we go, the less we know of ourselves. Those free of themselves learn without travel; envision without looking; they know reality without going out of their way. … More Daodejing 47