|A good manager is best when people barely know that he exists. Not so good when people obey and acclaim him. Worse when they despise him.|
|Arms are instruments of ill omen. . . . When one is compelled to use them, it is best to do so without relish. There is no glory in victory, and to glorify it despite this is to exult in the killing of men. . . . When great numbers of people are killed, one should weep over them with sorrow. When victorious in war, one should observe mourning rites.|
|Conquering others takes force, conquering yourself is true strength.|
|He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.|
|The good man is the teacher of the bad,|
And the bad is the material from which the good may learn.
He who does not value the teacher,
Or greatly care for the material,
Is greatly deluded although he may be learned.
Such is the essential mystery.
|The journey of a thousand leagues begins from beneath your feet.|
|The softest things in the world to overcome the hardest things in the world.|