Lao Tzu Quotes

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Top Lao Tzu quotes: Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu

From wonder into wonder existence opens. Lao Tzu

He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty. Lao Tzu

When there is no desire, all things are at peace. Lao Tzu

Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world. Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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

The best fighter is never angry. Lao Tzu

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough. Lao Tzu

Take care with the end as you do with the beginning. Lao Tzu

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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

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

One who is too insistent on his own views finds few to agree with him. Lao Tzu

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. Lao Tzu

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

A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar. Lao Tzu

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

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. Lao Tzu

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

When you accept yourself, the whole world accepts you. Lao Tzu

Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know. Lao Tsu, Tao Teh Ching

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

Man’s enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself. Lao Tzu

Because of a great love, one is courageous. Lao Tzu

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

To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders. Lao Tzu

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. Lao Tzu

The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth. Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. Lao Tzu

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. Lao Tzu

There is a time to live and a time to die but never to reject the moment. Lao Tzu

Be like water. Lao Tzu quotes

Be still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity. Lao Tzu

Silence is a source of great strength. Lao Tzu

To understand the limitation of things, desire them. Lao Tzu

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. Lao Tzu

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. Lao Tzu

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. Lao Tzu

To become learned, each day add something. To become enlightened, each day drop something. Lao Tzu

If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present. Lao Tzu

Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment. Lao Tzu

An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox. Lao Tzu

Just remain in the center; watching. And then forget that you are there. Lao Tzu

A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live. Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. Lao Tzu

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

To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go. Tao Te-Ching

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. Lao Tzu

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

Great acts are made up of small deeds. Lao Tzu

Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found. Lao Tzu

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu

An over sharpened sword cannot last long. Lao Tzu

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. Lao Tzu

Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream. Lao Tzu

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. Lao Tzu

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. Lao Tzu

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy. Lao Tzu

Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it. Lao Tzu

Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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

Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere. Lao Tzu

To lead people, walk behind them. Lao Tzu

The way of heaven is to help and not harm. Lao Tzu

Act without expectation. Lao Tzu

If you understand others you are smart.
If you understand yourself you are illuminated.
If you overcome others you are powerful.
If you overcome yourself you have strength.
If you know how to be satisfied you are rich.
If you can act with vigor, you have a will.
If you don’t lose your objectives you can be long-lasting.
If you die without loss, you are eternal. Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. Lao Tzu

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

To avoid disappointment, know what is sufficient. To avoid trouble, know when to stop. If you are able to do this, you will last a long time. Lao Tzu

The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long. Lao Tzu, Te Tao Ching

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

He who talks more is sooner exhausted. Lao Tzu

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

Wasting energy to obtain rare objects only impedes one’s growth. Lao-Tzu

Stop thinking, and end your problems. Lao Tzu

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

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. Lao Tzu

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

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao-Tzu

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

As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it. Lao Tzu

The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete. Lao Tzu

Every journey begins with a single step. Lao Tzu

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

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

He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much. Lao Tzu

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

A leader is best
When people barely know he exists
Of a good leader, who talks little,
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
They will say, “We did this ourselves. Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it. Lao Tzu

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. Lao Tzu

Simplicity has no name is free of desires. Being free of desires it is tranquil. And the world will be at peace of it’s own accord. Lao Tzu

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

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. Lao Tzu

The soft overcomes the hard; and the weak the strong. Lao Tzu

To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day. Lao Tzu

A bad man is a good man’s job. Lao Tzu

From caring comes courage. Lao Tzu

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

If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it. Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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

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

If we could renounce our sageness and discard our wisdom, it would be better for the people a hundredfold. Lao Tzu

Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing. Lao Tzu

When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready… The teacher will disappear. Lao Tzu

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

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

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

The master dwells in the substantial and not in the superficial. Rests in the fruit and not in the flower. Lao Tzu

It is better to leave a vessel unfilled, than to attempt to carry it when it is full. Lao Tzu

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

The further one goes, the less one knows. Lao Tzu

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

The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know. Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. Lao Tzu

When goodness is lost there is morality. Lao Tzu

What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher. What is a bad man but a good man’s job. Lao Tzu

The words of truth are always paradoxical. Lao Tzu

If I had just a little bit of wisdom I should walk the great path and fear only straying from it. Lao Tzu

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. Lao-Tzu

Be the chief but never the lord. Lao Tzu

To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. Lao Tzu

Give evil nothing to oppose and it will disappear by itself. Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Because of great love, one is courageous. Lao Tzu

Success is as dangerous as failure. Hope is as hollow as fear. Lao Tzu

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. Lao Tzu

The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be. Lao Tzu

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

There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent. Lao Tzu

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao; the name that can be named is not the eternal name. The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth; the Named is the mother of all things. Lao Tzu

If you want to lead them you must place yourself behind them. Lao Tzu

By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning. Lao Tzu

Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself? Lao Tzu

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