Tao Te Ching

The Power of Goodness, the Wisdom Beyond Words
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Huangdi 國語

(The Yellow Emperor)

2698 – 2598 BCE

Taoist patron saint, founder of Chinese civilization

Considered the initiator of Chinese civilization, ancestor of all Han Chinese and patron saint of Taoism, Huangdi is also credited with first establishing a centralized state, inventing the wheel, the magnet, wooden houses, carts, boats, the bow and arrow, astronomy, the calendar, coined money, weaving silk, dying clothes and the first Chinese character writing system. Parts of Lao Tzu’s chapter 6 may have been quoting him. Dreaming of an ideal kingdom, he successfully devoted his reign to establishing a golden age based on wisdom, natural law, and the power of goodness.

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Quotes by Huangdi (3 quotes)

“As surely as bandits hate their chief so do the people of a country resent whatever is over them… (the wise) knowing that a kingdom cannot be mounted get under it; knowing that the people cannot be led he keeps behind them.”

from Internal Book of Medicine

Chapters: 48. Unlearning

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“When the moon begins to grow, blood and breath are at their fullest, tendons and muscles are at their strongest. When the moon is completely empty, tendons and muscles are at their weakest.”

from Internal Book of Medicine

Themes: Health Moon

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“The law of yin and yang is the natural order of the universe, the foundation of all things, the mother of all changes, the root of life and death.”

from Internal Book of Medicine

Themes: Change

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  1. Shan Dao
    Will Durant used Huangdi as an example of how history transforms individuals into symbols that become much more expansive than their personal lives:

    “legend, which loves personalities more than ideas, attributes to a few individuals the laborious advances of many generations.”