With all its many risks, this life endures No more than windblown bubbles in a stream. How marvellous to breathe in and out again, To fall asleep and then awake refreshed.
Men, like mangoes, can be sour and yet look ripe, Some though ripe look green, and others green Are sour indeed, while others still look ripe And ripe they are: from this know how to act.
Men are as forgetful and heedless In their waking moments Of what is going on around them As they are during their sleep. Fools, although they hear, Are like the deaf; To them the adage applies That whenever they are present They are absent. One should not act or speak As if he were asleep. … Continue reading Fast-asleep even while awake
Good deeds leave no signs. Good words leave no flaws. Good scheme needs no deliberate plans. A good lock uses no bolts, yet it cannot be opened. A good knot uses no rope, yet it cannot be united. Hence, a saint is always kind by saving other people and rejects no one. He is always … Continue reading Lao Tzu on the fundamental essence