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"The good ruler seeks peace and not war, and he rules by persuasion rather than by force."

The earliest known figure of Taoism in ancient China is Lao Tzu, the legendary author in the 5th century B.C.E of the Tao Te Ching or "Classic of the Way [Tao] and Its Power." The Tao is the formless and infinite origin of all things. Taoism became both a philosophical school and an organized religion, with orders of priests serving the people of China through their knowledge of deities, rituals, and divination.

For Taoists, the yin and yang are a stylized diagram of the elements which make up the wholeness of the universe and the human person.

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