Study Guide

Tao Te Ching Chapter 72

By Lao Tzu

Chapter 72

  • Brute force is a terrible way to rule, because as soon as you show a hint of weakness the people take you down with force.
  • It's important to give the people freedom and to make sure they're allowed to pursue their livelihoods without a lot of interference.
  • Sage rulers:
  • 1) Know themselves, but don't brag about themselves.
  • 2) Respect themselves, but don't talk about how cool they are all the time.

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