The more you know, the less you understand.
It is only by not trusting that you turn someone into a liar.
A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.
The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.
The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.
There is no calamity greater than lavish desires.
There is no greater guilt than discontentment.
And there is not greater disaster than greed.
In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, 'We did this ourselves.'
Better stop short than fill to the brim. Oversharpen the blade, and the edge will soon blunt. Amass a store of gold and jade, and no one can protect it. Claim wealth and titles, and disaster will follow. Retire when the work is done. This is the way of heaven.