Whoever forces it spoils it.
Whoever grasps it loses it.
— Lao Tzu
The Art & Practice of Loving
Bow, and you will stand tall.
Be empty, and you will be filled.
Let go of the old, and let in the new.
Have little, and there is room to receive more.
The wise stand out,
because they see themselves as part of the Whole.
because they don’t want to impress.
They achieve great things,
because they don’t look for recognition.
Their wisdom is contained in what they are,
not their opinions.
They refuse to argue,
so no one argues with them.
The Ancients said: “Give up and you will succeed.”
Is this empty nonsense?
If you are sincere, you will find fulfillment.
Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, Chapter 22