Know yourself

Know yourself: what a scary thought. It’s so much easier to sit in judgment on other people than to carry out a hard-headed analysis of your own strengths and weaknesses.

Only by following the Dao can you shed your self-centeredness and “conquer” yourself. This is a long and arduous process, but it is the only way you can truly know yourself and achieve contentment.

「知人者智,自知者明;勝人者有力,自勝者強;知足者富,強行者有志;不失其所者久,死而不亡者壽。」
People who know others are intelligent;
People who know themselves are enlightened.
People who conquer others are strong;
People who conquer themselves are mighty.
People who are contented are wealthy.
People who persevere have willpower.
People who do not lose their roots endure.
People who die but are not forgotten enjoy longevity.

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