Confucius said: “Know the Way in the morning; die without regret in the evening.”
Confucius said: “A scholar-official who sets his heart on the Way but is ashamed of his threadbare clothes and coarse food is not worth listening to.”
The concept of the Way (道/dào) predates Confucius and Laozi by thousands of years. Even though they had different approaches to following and implementing the Way, they both began from the same starting points and shared the same set of core values. Continue reading Die happy
What a marvelous piece of luck! I certainly didn’t see the bee hovering over the flower when I took this photo in Fitzroy Gardens yesterday. Continue reading Nature rarely talks
In the Daodejing, the character 德 (dé) literally means virtue, though it can also be translated as moral power, power, or excellence. Here is a collection of quotations on the subject of virtue from the text. Continue reading Daodejing quotes on virtue
In the Daodejing, selflessness is seen as an essential quality for a sage. Here is a collection of the most popular quotations on the subject of selflessness from the text. Continue reading Daodejing quotes on selflessness
In the Daodejing, trusting others and being trustworthy are seen as essential qualities for a leader. Here is a collection of the most popular quotations on the subject of trust from the text.
In speaking, it is good faith that counts;
Leaders who don’t trust their people enough won’t be trusted in return.
Wise ones choose their words carefully.
The Daodejing is a rich source of leadership wisdom. Here is a collection of the most popular quotes on the subject from the text. Continue reading Daodejing quotes on leadership
Although the Daodejing has a mystical feel to it, thanks in large part to the ambiguity of some of the terms it uses and the richness of its language, the book is at heart a leadership manual that was written to warn the ruling class of the time against their excessive greed, depravity, and cruelty. Continue reading Daodejing: The best leaders
Even after completing my translation the Daodejing, I am still struggling to paint a clear picture in my mind of what exactly the Way is. In literal terms it’s a path, but as Laozi candidly admits in Chapter 25 he only gave it this name because he didn’t know what its real one is: Continue reading The great womb and the invisible force
I’ve finally completed the update to my translation of the Daodejing. While I didn’t find too many egregious errors in the first version, I had to spend a lot of time polishing the language and standardizing the key terms used in the text. You can see a glossary of them here. Continue reading A journey of a thousand miles…
Laozi regarded the possession of what he defined as feminine qualities such as openness, receptiveness, and boundless creativity as vital in a leader. In the sixth chapter of the Daodejing, he calls the Way* “the subtle and profound female” and describes it as “continuous and everlasting”. Continue reading Daodejing on Leadership: Like Water