Top 113 Lao Tzu Quotes

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.


A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.


If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.


In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.


In the end,The treasure of life is missed by those who hold on and gained by those who let go.


When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.


Your own positive future begins in this moment. All you have is right now. Every goal is possible from here.


When people see some things as beautiful,other things become ugly.When people see some things as good,other things become bad.


There isa time to liveand a time to diebut never to reject the moment.


Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.


The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Watch your step.


He who defends with love will be secure; Heaven will save him, and protect him with love.


Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.


The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.


Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.


Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil.


(So), he who displays himself does not shine; he who asserts his own views is not distinguished; he who vaunts himself does not find his merit acknowledged; he who is self-conceited has no superiority allowed to him.


The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.


Klar sieht, wer von ferne sieht, nebelhaft, wer Anteil nimmt.


If lightning is the anger of the gods, then the gods are concerned mostly about trees.


Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle ofsoftness overcoming hardness.


He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.


A good traveler leaves no tracks. Good speech lacks fault-finding.


The past has no power to stop youfrom being present now.Only your grievance aboutthe past can do that.What is grievance?The baggage of oldthought and emotion.


The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.


Ist eine Lehre zur Satzung erstarrt, hat sie geendet.


I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any.


To know that you do not know is the best.To think you know when you do not is a disease.Recognizing this disease as a disease is to be free of it.


Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.


In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired. In pursuit of wisdom, every day something is dropped.


Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.


Mastering others is strength. Mastering oneself makes you fearless.


A leader is bestWhen people barely know he existsOf a good leader, who talks little,When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,They will say, “We did this ourselves.


If you want to govern the people,You must place yourself below them.If you want to lead people,You must learn how to follow them.


The slaying of multitudes should be mourned with sorrow. A victory should be celebrated with the funeral rite.


Thirty spokesShare one hub.Make the nothing therein appropriate, and you will have the use of the cart.


So the unwanting soulsees what’s hidden,and the ever-wanting soulsees only what it wants.


Go to the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Love them. Startwith what they know. Build with what they have. But with the bestleaders, when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people willsay ‘We have done this ourselves.


The ruler attains wholeness in the correct governance of the people.


Love is of all the passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.


Do you imagine the universe is agitated? Go into the desert at night and look at the stars. This practice should answer the question.


Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.


If you don’t stand sincere by your wordshow sincere can the people be?Take great care over words, treasure them.1.17


When there is silence one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself


If you are untrustworthy, people will not trust you.


If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away. Awaken him with your words, elevate him with your deeds, repay his injury with your kindness. Do not cast him away; cast away his wickedness.


Revere the unity of all-that-iscarry out your daily activities with compassion;if you do not limit your compassion,you yourself will not be limited.


Heaven’s Tao is impartial,yet those who follow its compassionate waywill always be nourished


Attain complete emptiness,Hold fast to stillness.Understanding the ordinary: Mind opens.Mind opening leads to compassion,Compassion to nobility,Nobility to heavenliness,Heavenliness to TAO. TAO endures. Your body dies.There is no danger.


Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.


The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.The more he gives to others,the more he has for his own.


With those who are kindthe sage is kindWith those who are not kindthe sage is also kindbecause the way of Tao is kindness


The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.


Highly evolved people have their own conscience as pure law.


Any good person who is motivated to attain awareness of the whole truth should follow the Universal Way to calm his mind and harmonize it with all aspects of life.


Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.


Failure is an opportunity.If you blame someone else,there is no end to the blame.Therefore the Masterfulfills her own obligationsand corrects her own mistakes.She does what she needs to doand demands nothing of others.


free from desire, you realize the mysterycaught in the desire, you see only the manifestations.


The more laws and restrictions there are,The poorer people become….The more rules and regulations,The more thieves and robbers.


Lao Tzu “The key to growth is the introductionof higher dimensions of consciousnessinto our awareness.


The Master, by residing in the Tao,sets an example for all beings.Because he doesn’t display himself,people can see his light.Because he has nothing to prove,people can trust his


No one can insult me, because I do not want respect.No one can defeat me, because I have given up the idea of winning.How can you defeat me? You can only defeat someone who wants to win.


To speak little is natural. Therefore a gale does not blow a whole morning nor does a downpour last a whole day.


Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.


Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.


Knowing others is Wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment


The difficult problems in life always start off being simple. Great affairs always start off being small.


Be content with what you have;rejoice in the way things are.When you realize there is nothing lacking,the whole world belongs to you.


Material and infinite are inseparableAppreciating their interconnectednessis the gateway to understanding


Manifest plainness,Embrace simplicity,Reduce selfishness,Have few desires.


If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind.


Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.


Тhe gentle overcomes the rigid.The slow overcomes the fast.The weak overcomes the strong.”…”Everyone knows that the yielding overcomes the stiff,and the soft overcomes the hard.Yet no one applies this knowledge.


The best of all leaders is the one who helps people so that eventually they don’t need him.


When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.


The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.


Too much thinking causes confusion and anxietybetter to stick with the simplicity of Tao


Let go of rousing speechand identification with thoughtsUntil your endyou will never be jaded


When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.


To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.


Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.


People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.


Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.


Truthful words are not beautiful beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive persuasive words are not good.


For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.


When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’


A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.


Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.


It is better to do one’s own duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins.


Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.


He who conquers others is strong He who conquers himself is mighty.


Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline simulated fear postulates courage simulated weakness postulates strength.


I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.


Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.


If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.


A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.


Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.


Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.


Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.


When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.


Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.


Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish – too much handling will spoil it.


All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.


The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’


When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.


He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.


The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.


Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.


One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.


Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.


How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?


If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.


If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.



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