Quotes for English Learners
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Lao Tzu :
A good traveler
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.
Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.
A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.
Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.'
Depressed, anxious or at peace?
If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.
Do you have the patience?
Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear.
Everyone will respect you
When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.
Have few desires
Have few desires.
If you understand others you are smart.
If you understand yourself you are illuminated.
If you overcome others you are powerful.
If you overcome yourself you have strength.
If you know how to be satisfied you are rich.
If you can act with vigor, you have a will.
If you don't lose your objectives you can be long-lasting.
If you die without loss, you are eternal.
It begins with a single step
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Kindness in giving
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.
Loved and loving
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment
Series of changes
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
Silence is a source of Great Strength.
Simplicity, patience, compassion
Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.
The best fighter
The best fighter is never angry.
The wise man
The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others,
the more he has for his own.
Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.
Truth and beauty
The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.
Trying to understand
Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.
We did it ourselves
When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves.'
When I let go
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Yet everything is accomplished
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
You know what you want
At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.