When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. When people see some things as good, other things become bad. Being and non-being create each other.
When the intelligent and animal souls are held together in one embrace, they can be kept from separating.
When the best leader's work is done the people say, "We did it ourselves."
When he has cleansed away the most mysterious sights (of his imagination), he can become without a flaw.
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.
When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.
When things are murky, quiet down, and they will gradually clear. Proceed, and momentum gradually builds.
When the work is done, and one's name is becoming distinguished, to withdraw into obscurity is the way of Heaven.