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Lao Tzu

"In caring for others and serving heaven, There is nothing like using restraint. Restraint begins with giving up one’s own ideas."

- Lao Tzu | Jane English translation of Tao Te Ching, Chapter Eight


Original context

In caring for others and serving heaven,
There is nothing like using restraint.
Restraint begins with giving up one’s own ideas.
This depends on Virtue gathering in the past.
If there is a good store of Virtue, then nothing is impossible.
If nothing is impossible, then there are no limits.
If a man knows no limits, then he is fit to be a ruler.
The mother principle of ruling holds good for a long time.
This is called having deep roots and a firm foundation,
The Tao of long life and eternal vision.

- Lao Tzu | Jane English translation of Tao Te Ching, Chapter Eight


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