ScharfschŸtze

The dojo master stood up. ‘Hold!’ he commanded. 'Do you not want to know the name of the man you are about to destroy?’


The fighter held his stance, glaring at Lu-Tze. 'I don’t need to know name of sweeper,’ he said.


Lu-Tze rolled the cigarette into a skinny cylinder and winked at the angry man, which only stoked the anger.


'It is always wise to know the name of a sweeper, boy,’ said the dojo master. 'And my question was not addressed to you.’

—  Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time
He was sitting by the side of the street, watching carefully, with his begging bowl in front of him. There were of course far more interesting and complex ways for a History Monk to avoid being noticed, but he’d adopted the begging bowl method ever since Lu-Tze had shown him that people never see anyone who wants them to give him money.
—  Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time

TAO TE KING, Capítulo 21: La Gran Virtud

La Gran Virtud se manifiesta solamente en aquel que sigue al Tao. 

El Tao es invisible e intangible, y, sin embargo, todas las formas surgen de Él. 

Es invisible e intangible, y, sin embargo, existe substancia en Él. Es sutil y oscuro, sin embargo, Él es la Esencia de todos los seres. 

Y como esta Esencia siempre ha existido y siempre existirá, tan sólo en Él puede el Sabio depositar su Fe. 

Desde los más remotos tiempos hasta el momento presente, Su Nombre sin nombre jamás se ha olvidado. De Él, todo cuanto es, ha nacido. 

¿Cómo es que conozco que todo ha nacido de Él? Lo conozco por el mismo Tao. 

Los antiguos sabios decían: “sé humilde, y te conservarás íntegro”

¿Puede acaso alguien considerar a esta como una enseñanza sin valor? En verdad, el que es humilde, regresará sano a su Verdadero Hogar [El Tao; Dios]

Deal with a thing while it is still nothing;
Keep a thing in order before disorder sets in.
A tree that can fill the span of a man’s arms
Grows from a downy tip;
A terrace nine storeys high
Rises from hodfuls of earth.
—  Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
—  Lao-Tze