“The sage never has a mind of his own;

He considers the minds of the common people to be his mind. 

 

Treat well those who are good,

Also treat well those who are not good;

thus is goodness attained.

 

Be sincere to those who are sincere,

Also be sincere to those who are insincere;

thus is sincerity attained.

 

The sage

is self effacing in his dealings with all under heaven,

and bemuddles his mind for the sake of all under heaven.

 

The common people all rivet their eyes and ears upon him, 

And the sage makes them all chuckle like children.”
From the Tao Te Ching — Lao Tzu — Translated by Victor H. Mair

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