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Ideas of Laozi (Lao Tzu), by Text

[Chinese, c.580 - 520 BCE, Founder of Taoism. Possibly mythical.]

530BCE Daodejing (Tao Te Ching)
31 p.125 A military victory is not a thing of beauty
38 p.128 The highest virtue is achieved without effort
I.II.6 p.58 Wise people choose inaction and silence
I.XVII.39 p.73 The best rulers are invisible, the next admired, the next feared, and the worst are exploited
I.XX.47 p.77 Vulgar people are alert; I alone am muddled
II.LVI.128 p.117 One who knows does not speak; one who speaks does not know
II.LVII.132 p.118 The better known the law, the more criminals there are
II.LXIII.148 p.124 Do good to him who has done you an injury
II.LXXI.173 p.133 To know yet to think that one does not know is best
II.LXXV.181 p.137 People are hard to govern because authorities love to do things
II.LXXV.181a p.137 One with no use for life is wiser than one who values it
II.LXXXI.194 p.143 Truth is not beautiful; beautiful speech is not truthful
II.XLIX.111 p.110 To gain in goodness, treat as good those who are good, and those who are not
II.XLVI.104 p.107 There is no crime greater than having too many desires
II.XLVII.108 p.109 Pursuit of learning increases activity; the Way decreases it