February 12th, 2013

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Knowing others is wisdom;
Knowing the self is enlightenment.
Mastering others requires force;
Mastering the self needs strength.
He who knows he has enough is rich.
Perseverance is a sign of willpower.
He who stays where he is endures.
To die but not to perish is to be eternally present.
Knowing things makes you smart,
but knowing yourself makes you wise.
To rule others, you must be powerful,
but to rule yourself,
you must be strong.

If you have only what you need,
you have true wealth.
If you never give up,
you will find a way.
If you stay true to yourself,
you will never be lost.
If you stay alive your whole life,
you've really lived.

The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.

Chapter 33

33.1 Those who know others are wise;
       those who know themselves are enlightened.
33.2 Those who overcome others are powerful;
       those who overcome themselves are strong.
33.3 Those who are contented are rich;
       those who act strongly have will.
33.4 Those who do not lose their place endure;
       those who die without perishing live long.

Tao Teh Ching - Thomas Cleary Translation