What qoute best represents Lao Tzu and why?

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  1. G- people get all hung up on mystery. The Taoists have great information on specific techniques for medicine, martial arts and life extension. The difficulty with their set of concepts is that they are essentially only concerned with this life of the individual and do not takes the eternity of life in the two phases of being and non-being and the inescapable connectedness into account. So you wind up with an extremely adept individual who can accept knowledge and non-knowledge, yet is clueless about the long-term effects of ignoring the two aspects i mentioned.

  2. lao tzu is the wisest character we attribute a set of knowledge to. he is by far the most advanced that we can read about. the wisdom he speaks of however, is highest when it is practiced and thus we will never read of those who may have gone beyond what lao tzu did. now i will get past the cliche tao te ching and tell you the most powerful quote.
    “not knowing is true knowledge”
    verse 71
    most will take this too literally. it is way beyond socrates. taoism would strive to know nothing. the goal of life would be to not know anything. the tao is only understood when nothing else is and furthermore the tao is never understood. this represents lao tzu in that the reason for all the little knick knacks given in the tao te ching, is to aid one in steering away from ideas of knowledge. every other verse expresses this, that the nature of the tao is such that one will never understand it. one can try to live in accord with it, but it never will work. lao tzu is saying that everything in the book, while fascinating, is not going to work. you simply cannot live like the tao. you can try but you never will, even if you stop trying. we can try to not know, but even this will result in some knowledge. the conclusion then is that there are just some things we can’t avoid and thus should accept. we never will have true knowledge because we never can truly not know.

  3. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
    Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.
    He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.
    In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.
    Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
    I like all of them and they can be applied so well to everyday life and to the present time.

  4. ‘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.’
    This quote summarizes the wisdom of Lau Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. Acceptance, non-action, and non-desire are all contained in it.

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