Patience: Who can be still until the mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving until right action occurs by itself?
The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment. For only those who are not full are able to be used, which brings the feeling of completeness. Not seeking, not expecting, she is present, and can welcome all things.
Replenishing: The space between Heaven and Earth is like a bellows; it is empty, yet has not lost its power. The more it is used, the more it produces; the more you talk of it, the less you comprehend.
Return to the Source: All creatures in the universe return to the point where they began. Returning to the source is tranquility, because we submit to Heaven’s mandate….Not submitting to Heaven’s mandate is the source of evil deeds because we have no roots. When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king. Immersed in the wonder of the Tao, you can deal with whatever life brings you, and when death comes, you are ready.
Self-Mastery: Knowing others is intelligence; knowing oneself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering oneself is true power. Those who know they have enough are truly wealthy. Those who persist will reach their goal. Those who keep their course have a strong will. Those who embrace death will not perish, but will have life everlasting.
Simplicity: Embrace simplicity; put others first. Desire little.
Stillness: Nature uses few words: when the gale blows, it will not last long; when it rains hard, it lasts but a little while. Who causes these to happen? Heaven and Earth.
Knowing when you have enough avoids dishonor, and knowing when to stop will keep you from danger and bring you a long, happy life.
Surrender : It is easier to carry an empty cup than one that is filled to the brim. The sharper the knife, the easier it is to dull. The more wealth you possess, the harder it is to protect. Pride brings its own trouble. When you accomplish your goal, simply walk away. This is the pathway to Heaven.
Temperance: For governing a country well, there is nothing better than moderation. The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas. Tolerant like the sky, all-pervading like sunlight, firm like a mountain, supple like a tree in the wind, he has no destination in view and makes use of anything life happens to bring his way. Nothing is impossible for him. Because he has let go, he can care for the people’s welfare as a mother cares for her child.
Tolerance: The master doesn’t take sides; she welcomes both saints and sinners.
Trust: If you don’t trust the people, they will become untrustworthy.
Wisdom: I see my reflection in every particle of dust. Even the mountain has my face. The bird ruffles my feathers and the spider spins my web. Who can sense the loneliness of a parrot in a cage? Who can feel the slow passion of a snail? Only the true sage in total harmony with the Tao.
Wu Wei: The gentlest thing in the world overcomes the hardest thing in the world. That which has no substance enters where there is no space. This shows the value of non-action.