Lao Tzu quotes

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Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu (also called Laozi) was a philosopher and poet of ancient China. He is best known as the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism, but he is also revered as a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.
Below is a collection of Lao Tzu quotes.

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.” ― Lao Tzu quotes
Lao Tzu quotes
Lao Tzu quotes
Lao Tzu quotes

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
― Lao Tzu

“There is a thing inherent and natural, which existed before heaven and earth. Motionless and fathomless, It stands alone and never changes; It pervades everywhere and never becomes exhausted. It may be regarded as the Mother of the Universe. I do not know its name. If I am forced to give it a name, I call it Tao, and I name it as supreme.”
― Lao Tzu

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
― Lao Tzu

“To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”
― 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

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.”
― Lao Tzu

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

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

“Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.”
― Lao Tzu

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

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

“The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.”
― Lao Tzu

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

“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”
― Lao Tzu

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

“To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” ― Lao Tzu quotes
Lao Tzu quotes.

“The best fighter is never angry.”
― Lao Tzu

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

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

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

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu quotes
Lao Tzu quotes

“Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing.”
― Lao Tzu

“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”
― Lao Tzu

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

“Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.”
― Lao Tzu quotes

“Silence is a source of Great Strength.”
― Lao Tzu

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

“The Way to do is to be.”
― 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 quotes
Lao Tzu quotes

“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

“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 quotes

“Act without expectation.”
― Lao Tzu

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

“What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.”
― Lao Tzu

“Stop thinking, and end your problems.”
― 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 quotes
Lao Tzu quotes

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
― Lao Tzu

“So the unwanting soul
sees what’s hidden,
and the ever-wanting soul
sees only what it wants.”
― Lao Tzu quotes

“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

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

“Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?”
― Lao Tzu

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

“The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.”
― Lao Tzu

“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment”
― Lao Tzu

“Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.” ― Lao Tzu quotes
Lao Tzu quotes

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

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

“By letting go it all gets done.”
― Lao Tzu

“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.”
― Lao Tzu

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

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.” ― Lao Tzu quotes
Lao Tzu quotes

“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 quotes

“If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.”
― Lao Tzu

“Loss is not as bad as wanting more.”
― Lao Tzu

“To understand the limitation of things, desire them.”
― 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 quotes

“The best fighter is never angry.” ― Lao Tzu quotes
Lao Tzu quotes
“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” ― Lao Tzu quotes
Lao Tzu quotes

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.” ― Lao Tzu quotes, Tao Te Ching quotes
Lao Tzu quotes
“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 quotes, tao te ching quotes
Lao Tzu quotes

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19 Comments


    1. kindness in word creates confidence could mean that if you use kind words it will create confidence in other , and if other are kind to you, your confidence will also increase. 🙂

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    1. Yes the more old a text is, the more wisdom it contains. 🙂

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  1. I love this and want to follow your posts because I can learn so much. I am working with Byron Katie’s four questions in
    order for one to know oneself better. It’s working but it hurts to uncover the bandaid. Thanks for following my post!

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  2. Love this one: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

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    1. One of my favorite quotation too. 🙂

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  3. Lao Tzu was a wise man (as opposed to a wise guy). I’ve always been a fan of the Tao te Ching. Thanks for liking my poem!

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  4. From the Tao Te Ching, Choices verse 12 is my fav, I once painted this on my wall in my office….

    Colors can make us blind!

    Music can make us deaf!

    Flavors can destroy our taste!

    Possessions can close our options!

    Racing can drive us mad

    and its rewards obstruct our peace!

    Thus, the wise

    fill the inner gut

    rather than the eyes,

    always sacrificing the superficial

    for the essential.

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