A friend left me this at work, I think it is a proverb but Google gave me different translations each time which confused me as none of it made sense.
From Tao Te Ching ("Canon of morality") attributed to Laozi. These words are excerpted from various parts. Various translation exists, and here I am just being literal.
The utmost goodness [or benevolence] is like the water. Water is good at being benevolent to everything, and does not compete with them.
It is concrete to hold stillness.
[or better, "Surely you must be calm."
Stillness is the monarch of the movement.
[Or better, "The waiting person rules the impatient person."]
Stilness is the right thing of the world.
[Or maybe "Inactivity is the principle of reigning."]
It seems your friend admires Lauzi very much ; )