Daodejing 31

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. Advertisements

Daodejing 24

Those who stand on tiptoes  do not stand firmly.   Those with long strides  do not walk comfortably.   Those with loud opinions  never get heard.    Those showing off  do not shine.    No one sees the conceited as worthy.   From the point of view of the way   all the above are … More Daodejing 24

Daodejing 23

By nature we speak few words— after all, high winds don’t last all morning; a downpour does not fall all day. Why? Because even the earth, even the sky, can’t stay violent long. When we study the way of the creative universe, those pursuing it agree with us, and those practicing it agree with us, … More Daodejing 23

Daodejing 16

Cultivate emptiness. Carefully guard stillness. All things arise after their fashion, then fall to rest again. Plants grow luxuriant, then return to their roots, which is stillness. That is the unchanging reality. Knowing this unchanging reality is intelligence. Not knowing it creates erratic action. Knowing unchanging reality creates compassion, and compassion leads to feeling one … More Daodejing 16