Russia’s Prime Minister/Putin-puppet Dmitry Medvedev sat down with Xinhua yesterday and talked politics, economics, as well as Medvedev’s admiration for Lao Tze and all things Tao. Medvedev presumably went on to say that he really, sincerely, didn’t just say that for PR points.
The PM went so far as to quote a bit of Tao Te Ching from memory, as Xinhua reports:
[Medvedev] was especially fascinated by Lao Tze, believed to be the founder of Taoism and the author of Tao Te Ching, the universal Taoist text book written more than 2,000 years ago with topics ranging from political advice to practical wisdom.
“Some of his tenets were quite profound,” Medvedev said. He quoted Lao Tze’s saying “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”
“This is a very good saying. It can be applied to everybody and in every occasion in our life,” Medvedev said.
Shanghaiist has taken this occasion to find several more Lao Tze snippets that may be useful to Mr. Medvedev on his trip to China:
- Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish – too much handling will spoil it.
- The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes.
- Stop thinking, and end your problems.
- I am different from ordinary people.
I drink from the Great Mother’s breasts.
You’re welcome, Prime Minister!
[Image via Xinhua]