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Wise Lao Tzu Quotes

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The words of truth are always paradoxical.
- Lao Tzu

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

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- 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 the mind that is still,
the whole universe surrenders.
- Lao Tzu

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

Silence is a source of great strength.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

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

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

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.
- Lao Tzu

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."
- Lao Tzu

The higher the sun rises, the less shadow it casts;
even so, the greater is the goodness, the less it covets praise;
yet cannot avoid its rewards in honors.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

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

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue;
Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
- 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

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

Yielding is the way of the Tao.
- Lao Tzu

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

Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
- Lao Tzu

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

When you are content to be simply yourself
and don't compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.
- Lao Tzu

Great acts are made up of small deeds.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

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

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

From wonder into wonder existence opens.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

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

Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline;
simulated fear postulates courage;
simulated weakness postulates strength.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

Loving, hating, having expectations:
all these are attachments.
Attachment prevents the growth of one's true being.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

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

The things of this world exist;
they are; you can't refuse them.
- Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching - Book One #2 - version by Ursula K. Le Guin

A tree that is unbending, is easily broken.
- 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

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

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

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative,
to which all beings owe their beginning
and which permeates all heaven.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

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

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

Those who are highly evolved,
maintain an undiscriminating perception.
Seeing everything, labeling nothing,
they maintain their awareness of the Great Oneness.
Thus they are supported by it.
- Lao Tzu

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

The things that have acquired unity are these:
Heaven by unity has become clear;
Earth by unity has become steady;
The Spirit by unity has become spiritual;
The Valley by unity has become full;
All things by unity have come into existence.
- Lao Tzu

I confess that there is nothing to teach:
no religion, no science, no writings
which will lead your mind back to Spirit.
Today I speak this way, tomorrow that,
but always the Path is beyond words and beyond mind.
- Lao Tzu
(paraphrase)

Be merciful, moderate, and modest.
- Lao Tzu


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