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Chapter 24 – A man on tiptoe can’t walk easily

A man on tiptoe can’t walk easily. The man who strides on ahead is bound to tire. The kind of person who always insists on his way of seeing things can never learn anything from anyone. Those who always want to be seen will never help others to be. The showman is never secretly respected by anyone. People like these, say the Wise Ones are as useless as the left-over food at the feast: No true follower can...

Chapter 07 – Heaven and earth are enduring.

Heaven and earth are enduring. The universe can live for ever, because it does not live for itself. And so both last – outliving themselves. The sage guides his people by putting himself last. Desiring nothing for himself. he knows how to channel desires. And is it not because he wants nothing that he is able to achieve everything? Support Authors: Man-Ho Kwok, Martin Palmer, and Jay Ramsay Get your copy of...

Chapter 05 – Heaven and earth are not like humans

Heaven and earth are not like humans. The Tao does not act like a human. They don’t expect to be thanked for making life, so they view it without expectation. Heaven and earth are like a pair of bellows: they are empty, and yet they can never be exhausted. Work them, and they produce more and more - there’s too much talking, it’s really better to stay quiet. There are too many laws, when all you...

Chapter 79 – Repay bitterness with good.

If you’ve had a real set-to with someone And you’ve tried to patch it up - And there’s still some bitterness, what can you do? I tell you: repay bitterness with good. Those who practice Te hold credit - but don’t demand repayment. Those who practice Virtue do their bit - and those without it will expect you to . The Tao of Heaven doesn’t deal in nepotism - it just graces good people,...

Chapter 39 – From its first days, the universe came from the One

From its first days, the universe came from the One: The heavens are one, and clear, and round because of it The earth is one, and is its firm infused foundation . . . The spirit force is one, with all it brings into being – The valley is a oneness, and so it flows and renews all things, Everything is one – every living thing is one, and alive! Kinds and lords are one in a kingdom that is one: And they...

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