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The 31 Practices by Alan Williams, Dr. Alison Whybrow

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CHAPTER 21 WISDOM

“Knowing others is intelligence;

Knowing yourself is true wisdom.

Mastering others is strength;

Mastering yourself is true power.”

Lao Tzu1

Lao Tzu, a mystic philosopher of the Zhou Dynasty, is considered a deity in many religious forms of Taoist philosophy, and traditionally viewed as the author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of Taoism.2 Lao Tzu perhaps emulates all that it is to be wise.

In this book, we are taking a view of wisdom as meaning a quality of a person or people: specifically, of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement in difficult and uncertain matters of life;3 of acting with integrity in challenging ...

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