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Authentic Quotes from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
Here are quotes from the Tao Te Ching, the Taoist classic by Lao Tzu, about yielding. To see the whole quoted chapter, click the chapter link within brackets.
Yielding, like ice about to melt.
Hulk to be whole.
Bend to be straight.
Empty to be filled.
Wear down to be renewed.
Reduce to gain.
The soft and weak overcome the hard and strong.
Yielding is the manner of the Way.
The softest in the world surpasses the hardest in the world.
Holding on to the weak is called strength.
Because he (the Sage) does not resist, none in the world resists him.
The rigid tree will be felled.
The rigid and big belong below. The soft and weak belong above.
Nothing in the world is softer and weaker than water. Yet, to attack the hard and strong, nothing surpasses it.
The weak overcomes the strong. The soft overcomes the hard. Everybody in the world knows this, still nobody makes use of it.
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Here are the 388 Tao quotes extracted from the Tao Te ching by Lao Tzu, sorted into 19 topics. Each Tao quote has a link to its chapter in the book.
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