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Lao Tzu Quotes

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He who is contented is rich.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

 

The words of truth are always paradoxical.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

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Silence is a source of great strength.
- Lao Tzu

From caring comes courage.
- Lao Tzu

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
- Lao Tzu (Chinese Proverb)

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- 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

Freedom from desire leads to inner peace.
- 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

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

To lead people walk behind them.
- Lao Tzu

Be the chief but never the lord.
- Lao Tzu

The softest things in the world overcome
the hardest things in the world.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.
- Lao Tzu

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

The Tao of the sage is work without effort.
Practice non-action. Work without doing.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

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

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity,
reduce selfishness, have few desires.
- Lao Tzu

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

Violence, even well intentioned,
always rebounds upon oneself.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

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

Those who have knowledge, don't predict.
Those who predict, don't have knowledge.
- Lao Tzu

A leader is best when people barely know he exists,
not so good when people obey and acclaim him,
worst when they despise him.
But of a good leader, who talks little,
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say, "We did this ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

The Master acts without doing, and everything gets done.
- Lao Tzu

A tree that is unbending, is easily broken.
- Lao Tzu

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

Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
- Lao Tzu

Be simply yourself and don't compare or compete.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

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

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

Stay at the center
and let all things take their course.
- Lao Tzu

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

He who knows others is clever;
He who knows himself has discernment.
- Lao Tzu

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

A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists.
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
his troops will feel they did it themselves.
- Lao Tzu

He who does not trust enough,
will not be trusted.
- 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

Be merciful, moderate, and modest.
- Lao Tzu

He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

Yielding is the way of the Tao.
- Lao Tzu

Great acts are made up of small deeds.
- 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

Do not attempt to conquer the world with force,
for force only causes resistance.
- Lao Tzu

The Tao abides in non-action,
Yet nothing is left undone.
- Lao Tzu

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.
- 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

To see things in the seed, that is genius.
- Lao Tzu

From wonder into wonder existence opens.
- Lao Tzu

Can you let go of words and ideas,
attitudes and expectations?
If so, then the Tao will loom into view.
- Lao Tzu

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

To manage your mind,
know that there is nothing,
and then relinquish all attachment to nothingness.
- Lao Tzu

In the world there is nothing more
submissive and weak than water.
Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong,
nothing can surpass it.
- 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 sage does not hoard.
The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself,
Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more;
having given all he has to others, he is richer still.
- Lao Tzu

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

Without stirring abroad,
One can know the whole world;
Without looking out of the window,
One can see the way of heaven.
The further one goes, The less one knows.
- Lao Tzu

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.
- Lao Tzu


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