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Do you want to improve the world? I don't think it can be done.
 
The world is sacred. It can't be improved. If you tamper with it, you'll ruin it. If you treat it like an object, you'll lose it.

- 29


Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
 
If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich. If you stay in the center and embrace death with your whole heart, you will endure forever.

- 33


The Tao never does anything, yet through it all things are done.
 
If powerful men and women could venter themselves in it, the whole world would be transformed by itself, in its natural rhythms. People would be content with their simple, everyday lives, in harmony, and free of desire.
 
When there is no desire, all things are at peace.

- 37


In harmony with the Tao, the sky is clear and spacious, the earth is solid and full, all creature flourish together, content with the way they are, endlessly repeating themselves, endlessly renewed.
 
When man interferes with the Tao, the sky becomes filthy, the earth becomes depleted, the equilibrium crumbles, creatures become extinct.
 
- 39














 

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