Quotations by Lao Tzu

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Born: Sunday, December 31, 1899
Profession: Philosopher


A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
- 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
(Keywords: Work, Leader, People, Will)

A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Love, Comfort)

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

Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Ambition)

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

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.
- 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
(Keywords: Being, Want)

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
(Keywords: Content, Nothing, World)

Be the chief but never the lord.
- Lao Tzu

Because of a great love, one is courageous.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Love)

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Courage, Strength, Being)

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
(Keywords: Winning, World)

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
(Keywords: Journey)

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Will)

From caring comes courage.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Courage, Caring)

From wonder into wonder existence opens.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Existence, Wonder)

Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Fish, Nation)

Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Cooking, Fish, Nation, Will)

Great acts are made up of small deeds.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Deeds)

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Beginning, Heaven)

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

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: May)

He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Trust, Will)

He who is contented is rich.
- Lao Tzu

He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

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

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Will)

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

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

He who talks more is sooner exhausted.
- Lao Tzu

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Health, Friend, Confidence, Contentment, Joy, Possession, Treasure)

How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Men, Victory, Delight, Man)

I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Gods, Concern, Evil, Spirits)

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Compassion, Patience, Simplicity)

If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Love, Morality, Knowledge, Cleverness, Confusion, Duty, Lies, Relatives, states, Will)

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Change, Direction, End, May)

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
(Keywords: Change, Dying, Nothing, Will)

If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Intelligence, Beginning, First)

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
(Keywords: Family, Life, Work, Control, Conflict, Present, Thinking)

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
(Keywords: Nothing, Water, World)

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.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Nature, Duty, May)

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Love, Confidence, Giving, Kindness, Thinking, Words)

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Wisdom)

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Death, Life)

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
(Keywords: Life, Reality, Sorrow)

Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Love, Heart, Senses)

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Enemies, Man)

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Selfishness, Simplicity)

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.
- Lao Tzu
(Keywords: Power, Strength)



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