All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. humility gives it its power. 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.
Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
Great, it passes on (in constant flow).
It is better to leave a vessel unfilled, than to attempt to carry it when it is full.
Gravity is the root of lightness.
From of old the things that have acquired unity are these: Heaven by unity has become clear; Earth by unity has become steady; The Spirit by unity has become spiritual; The Valley by unity has become full; All things by unity have come into existence.
When the people of the world all know beauty as beauty, there arises the recognition of ugliness. When they all know the good as good, there arises the recognition of evil.
To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.