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Tao Te Ching

9 Dec

Knowledge and humility

Knowing others is wisdom;
Knowing the self is enlightenment.
Mastering others requires force;
Mastering the self requires strength;
He who knows he has enough is rich.
Perseverance is a sign of will power.
He who stays where he is endures.
To die but not to perish is to be eternally present.

(chap. 33, tr. Feng and English)

Emptiness

We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel;
But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the wheel depends.
We turn clay to make a vessel;
But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the vessel depends.
We pierce doors and windows to make a house;
And it is on these spaces where there is nothing that the usefulness of the house depends.
Therefore just as we take advantage of what is, we should recognize the usefulness of what is not.

(chap. 11, tr. Waley)

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Quotes and Aphorisms

3 Dec

“If you don’t control your mind, someone else will.”
-John Allston

“When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
– Alexander Graham Bel

“He who knows does not speak; he who speaks does not know.”
– Tao Teh Ching

“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die tomorrow.”
– James Dean

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
– Albert Einstein