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half man half shark

Life as a carbon-based life form; a journey of building on success and learning from mistakes.

  • 5 days ago

Butterfly feeling

By instinct, I stopped in the middle of the road in peak hour traffic to help a woman with her car problem. It feels great to successfully help an anonymous person and not asking for anything in return.

  • 7 days ago

Parenting #24

Teaching is the most exciting form of rewards.

  • 10 days ago

Lao Tzu teachings

Like Confucius during his living lifetime considered himself as a failure. Lao Tzu also judged by many philosophers at his time as idle and do nothing. Teaching of both of these most two influencers are mostly written by his followers who credits to their master. There are some of their quotes:

"By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning."

"Therefore the Master acts without doing anything and teaches without saying anything. Things arise and she lets them come; things disappear and she lets them go. She has but doesn’t possess, acts but doesn’t expect. When her work is done, she forgets it. That is why it lasts forever."

"He who clings to his work will create nothing that endures."

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be."

"If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial. If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked. If you want to become full, let yourself be empty. If you want to be reborn, let yourself die. If you want to be given everything, give everything up."

"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power."

"If you realise that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve."

"He who rushes ahead doesn’t go far."

"He who tries to shine dims his own light."

"He who defines himself can’t know who he really is."

"He who has power over others can’t empower himself."

"Give evil nothing to oppose and it will disappear by itself."

"At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want."

"The soft overcomes the hard. The slow overcomes the fast."

"In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it."

"Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?"

"If you want to shrink something, you must first allow it to expand. If you want to get rid of something, you must first allow it to flourish. If you want to take something, you must first allow it to be given. This is called the subtle perception of the way things are."

"New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings."

"Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner."

"All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power."

"The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete."

"The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, ‘We did it ourselves."

"If you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them."

"If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich."

"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you."

"Without stirring abroad, One can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window one can see the way of heaven. The further one goes the less one knows."

"Silence is a source of great strength."

"Express yourself completely, then keep quiet. Be like the forces of nature: when it blows, there is only wind; when it rains, there is only rain; when the clouds pass, the sun shines through."

"Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy."

"When nothing is done, nothing is left undone."

"What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher? What is a bad man but a good man’s job? If you don’t understand this, you will get lost, however intelligent you are. It is the great secret."

"The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know."

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."

"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love."

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."

"When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you."

"Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained."

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