To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.
Goodness in words creates trust, goodness in thinking creates depth, goodness in giving creates love.
He who knows much about others may be learned, but he who understands himself is more intelligent. He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.
Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.
Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.
Avoid putting yourself before others, and you can become a leader among men.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them-that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.