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Our Actions Determine Our Condition

A good man may become bad; a bad man may become good according as he conducts himself, for all things stand in mutual relation to each other:—

Nothing and something
Are relative terms;
Easy and hard,
Are the same;
The long to the short
A proportion affirms,
Which the high to the low
Also claim.
The tones and the notes
Are but modifications,
And before and behind
Only changed situations.

Let, therefore, the bad man not despair, but change his demeanor.

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Lao-Tze

  • Chinese philosopher that lived in the 6th century BCE (this time period is disputed).
  • Authored Tao Te Ching
  • Regarded as the founder of Taoism
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