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Lao tzu quote On Life

Of every ten three are ministers of life (to themselves), and three are ministers of death. —Lao Tzu

Keep life and lose those other things,. —Lao Tzu

Only those who do not use life as a reason for artificialities are intelligently valuing life. —Lao Tzu

Figure out the rhythm of life and live in harmony with it. —Lao Tzu

Possessed of the Tao, he endures long, and to the end of his bodily life, is exempt from all danger of decay. —Lao Tzu

Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force. —Lao Tzu

Let him keep his mouth closed, and shut up the portals (of his nostrils), and all his life he will be exempt from laborious exertion. —Laozi

The difficult problems in life always start off being simple. Great affairs always start off being small. —Lao Tzu

And whether a man dispassionately Sees to the core of life Or passionately Sees the surface They are essentially the same. —Lao Tzu

The reason why the universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself, it gives life to others as it transforms. —Lao Tzu


Let him keep his mouth open, and (spend his breath) in the promotion of his affairs, and all his life there will be no safety for him. —Laozi

If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place. —Laozi

Or fame or life, Which do you hold more dear? Or life or wealth, To which would you adhere? Keep life and lose those other things, Keep them and lose your life:–which brings Sorrow and pain more near? —Lao Tzu

In the end, The treasure of life is missed by those who hold on and gained by those who let go. —Laotzu

Life must be poetry, a song, a dance, like a flower on the roadside, blossoming for no one in particular, but spreading its fragrance in the wind, and sending it anywhere. —Lao Tzu

Three men in ten conserve life, three men in ten pursue death. Three men also in ten desire to live, but there acts hasten their journey to the house of death. Why is this? Because of their efforts to preserve life. —LaoTzu

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

Nothingness and Beingness are merely conceptions.. —Lao Tzu

Therefore, what has a (positive) existence serves for profitable adaptation, and what has not that for (actual) usefulness. —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

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

The (state of) vacancy should be brought to the utmost degree, and that of stillness guarded with unwearying vigour. —Lao Tzu


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

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

So it’s that existence and non–existence give birth the one to (the idea of) the other,. —Lao Tzu

The kingdom is a spirit–like thing, and cannot be got by active doing. —Lao Tzu

An ocean of ink in a single drop, Trembling at the tip of my brush. Poised above stark white paper, A universe waits for existence. —Laozi

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. —Lao Tzu

The people make light of dying because of the greatness of their labours in seeking for the means of living. —Lao Tzu

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

The person of superior integrity does not insist upon his integrity. For this reason, he has integrity. The person of inferior integrity never loses sight of his integrity, For this reason, he lacks integrity. —LaoTzu

The sage, while clad in homespun, conceals on his person a priceless piece of jade. —Lao Tzu

So the unwanting soul sees what’s hidden, and the ever–wanting soul sees only what it wants. —Lao Tzu

How could a decent person ever rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men. —Laozi


Revere the unity of all–that–is carry out your daily activities with compassion, if you do not limit your compassion, you yourself will not be limited.Lao Tzu & A J Girling. —translator

A person who prematurely believes that they comprehend the Tao sees only its external luster, and this is the beginning of delusion. —Lao Tzu

Therefore the sage puts his own person last, and yet it’s found in the foremost place, he treats his person as if it were foreign to him, and yet that person is preserved. —Lao Tzu

Do not conquer the world with force, for force only causes resistance. Thorns spring up when an army passes. Years of misery follow a great victory. Do only what needs to be done without using violence. —Lao Tzu

The giant tree starts out as the tiniest shoot, the tallest tower starts out as a single brick, the longest journey starts with the first step. —Lao Tzu

To see things in the seed, that is genius. —LaoTzu

Only when the state is in disorder is there a need for patriotism. —Lao Tzu

Lao tzu quote On Others

The first is gentleness, the second is economy, and the third is shrinking from taking precedence of others. —Lao Tzu

Live in a good place. Keep your mind deep. Treat others well. Stand by your word. Make fair rules. Do the right thing. Work when it’s time. —Lao Tzu

We should blunt our sharp points, and unravel the complications of things, we should attemper our brightness, and bring ourselves into agreement with the obscurity of others. —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

Lao tzu quote On Stop

If you do not value rare treasures, you will stop others from stealing. —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

Stop thinking, and end your problems. —Lao Tzu

If you know when to stop, you’ll suffer no harm. And in this way you can last a very long time. —Lao Tzu

If you follow the Tao, you will understand where to stop. Knowing where to stop, you will be free from danger. —Lao Tzu

The past has no power to stop you from being present now. Only your grievance about the past can do that. What is grievance? The baggage of old thought and emotion. —Lao Tzu

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

Stop trying to leave, and you shall arrive, stop seeking, and you shall see, stop running away, and you shall be found. —Lao Tzu

This is what is called ‘The mysterious Quality’ (of the Tao). —Lao Tzu


Is it not because he has no personal and private ends, that therefore such ends are realised? —Lao Tzu

This is called ‘the Mysterious Agreement. —Lao Tzu

The way is easy stay on the path. —Lao Tzu

For to be over–developed is to hasten decay, and this is against Tao, and what is against Tao will soon cease to be. —Lao Tzu

New beginnings are disguised as painful endings. —Lao Tzu

Great power, not clinging to power, has true power. Lesser power, clinging to power, lacks true power. Great power, doing nothing, has nothing to do. Lesser power, doing nothing, has an end in view. —Lao Tzu

Take care with the end as you do with the beginning. —LaoTzu

Give evil nothing to oppose and it will disappear by itself. —Lao Tzu

Great acts are made up of small deeds. —LaoTzu

Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing. —Lao Tzu

Two names emerge from a single origin and both are called mysterious. —Lao Tzu

But I have three precious things which I prize and hold fast. —Lao Tzu


All things return (to their root and disappear), and do not know that it’s it which presides over their doing so,it may be named in the greatest things. —Lao Tzu

Wasting energy to obtain rare objects only impedes one’s growth. —LaoTzu

He who stands on his tiptoes does not stand firm, he who stretches his legs does not walk (easily). —Lao Tzu

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

Seeing our own smallness is called insight, honoring our own tenderness is called strenght. —Lao Tzu

The farther that one goes out (from himself), the less he knows. —Lao Tzu

Even the best weapon is an unhappy tool, hateful to living things. So the follower of the Way stays away from it. —Lao Tzu

Let go of rousing speech and identification with thoughts Until your end you will never be jadedLao Tzu & A J Girling. —translator

Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear. —Lao Tzu

Therefore the wise are sharp but not cutting, Pointed but not piercing, Straightforward but not unrestrained, Brilliant but not blinding. —Lao Tsu

Therefore the sage holds in his embrace the one thing (of humility), and manifests it to all the world. —Lao Tzu

We try to grasp it, and do not get hold of it, and we name it ‘the Subtle. —Lao Tzu


He whose (desires) are few gets them, he whose (desires) are many goes astray. —Lao Tzu

Be square but do not cut, be sharp but do not stab, be straight forward but do not unrestrained, be bright but do not dazzle. —Lao Tzu

A skilful (commander) strikes a decisive blow, and stops. —Lao Tzu

He who would so win it destroys it, he who would hold it in his grasp loses it. —Lao Tzu

Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle. —Lao Tzu

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

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

To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go. —Tao TeChing

Having arrived at this point of non–action, there is nothing which he does not do. —Lao Tzu

He who knows he has enough is rich. Perseverance is a sign of will power. He who stays where he is endures. To die but not to perish is to be eternally present. —Lao Tzu

If you keep feeling a point that has been sharpened, the point cannot long preserve its sharpness. —Lao Tzu

Cut doors and windows to make a room. Where the room isn’t, there’s room for you. So the profit in what is is in the use of what isn’t. —Lao Tzu


We shape clay into a pot, but it’s the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want. —Lao Tzu

One who practices virtue and selflessness should not hold any particular idea in his mind about how to fulfill his virtue, for virtue is the very nature of one’s being. —Lao Tzu

The sages do not act from (any wish to be) benevolent, they deal with the people as the dogs of grass are dealt with. —Lao Tzu

He who acts, spoils, he who grasps, lets slip. —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

The sage produces without possessing, acts without expectations, and accomplishes without abiding in her accomplishments. It is precisely because she does not abide in them that they never leave her. —Lao Tzu

Close your mouth, block off your senses, blunt your sharpness, untie your knots, soften your glare, settle your dust. This is the primal identity. —Lao Tzu

To clarify muddy waters, you must hold them still and let things settle. To glimpse the secret of the Tao, you must keep still and quiet your mind. —Lao Tzu

Upon disaster depends good fortune, within good fortune hides disaster. Where will it end? For nothing is certain, what is correct goes astray, what is right goes wrong. Our confusion goes on and on. —Lao Tzu

People are mysterious entities try to take hold of them and you will only lose them. Thus, sometimes it’s better to show the way, and sometimes it’s better to follow. —Lao Tzu

The door and windows are cut out (from the walls) to form an apartment, but it’s on the empty space (within), that its use depends. —Lao Tzu

This returning to their root is what we call the state of stillness, and that stillness may be called a reporting that they have fulfilled their appointed end. —Lao Tzu


Failure is the foundation of success, and the means by which it’s achieved. Success is the lurking–place of failure, but who can tell when the turning–point will come? —Lao Tzu

The work is done, but how no one can see, ‘Tis this that makes the power not cease to be. —Lao Tzu

To bear and not to own, to act and not lay claim, to do the work and let it go: for just letting it go is what makes it stay. —Lao Tzu

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

He who acts (with an ulterior purpose) does harm, he who takes hold of a thing (in the same way) loses his hold. —Lao Tzu

Nature does not play favourites, it regards its creations without sentimentality. Therefore the wise person also acts in this way. —Lao Tzu

Stand before it and there is no beginning. Follow it and there is no end. Stay with the ancient Tao, Move with the present. —Lao Tzu

The wise person acts but does not take credit. Leads, but does not rule. —Lao Tzu

If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it. —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

People who are good I treat well. People who are not good I also treat well.Chapter 49. —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


Lao tzu quote On Heaven

Heaven which by it’s bright and pure,. —Lao Tzu

All things under heaven sprang from It as existing (and named), that existence sprang from. —Lao Tzu

Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil. —Lao Tzu

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

Purity and stillness give the correct law to all under heaven. —Lao Tzu

Heaven and Earth (under its guidance) unite together and send down the sweet dew, which, without the directions of men, reaches equally everywhere as of its own accord. —Lao Tzu

From this community of feeling comes a kingliness of character, and he who is king–like goes on to be heaven–like. —Lao Tzu

Its upper part is not bright, and its lower part is not obscure. —Lao Tzu

The violent and strong do not die their natural death. I will make this the basis of my teaching. —Lao Tzu


Lao tzu quote On Love

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

Very few are aware of the highest. Then comes that which they know and love,. —Lao Tzu

Love is a decisionnot an emotion! —Lao Tzu

A man should love others as himself and also their parents as his own. —Lao Tzu

He who defends with love will be secure, Heaven will save him, and protect him with love. —Lao Tzu

Go to the people. Live with them, learn from them, love them. —Lao Tzu

The great Tao (or way) is very level and easy, but people love the by–ways. —Lao Tzu

To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage. —Lao Tzu

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

Thus it’s said: The path into light seems dark, the path forward seems to go back, the direct path seems long, true power seems weak.. the greatest love seems indifferent, the greatest wisdom seems childish. —Laozi

Moved by deep love, a man is courageous. And with frugality, a man becomes generous, And he who does not desire to be ahead of the world becomes the leader of the world. —Lao Tzu


In the next age they loved them and praised them. —Lao Tzu

Possessing rare treasures brings about harmful behavior. —Lao Tzu

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

Knowing constancy is enlightenment. —Lao Tzu

To know non–knowing is optimal to imagine one knows is affliction of mindLao Tzu & A J Girling. —translator

If we could renounce our benevolence and discard our righteousness, the people would again become filial and kindly. —Lao Tzu

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. —Lao Tzu

Knowing how to yield is strength. —LaoTzu

Not asserted, therefore known, Not boasted of, therefore of worth, Not contentious, so enduring. It’s because the wise do not contend, That no one can contend with them. —Lao Tzu

Here are the four fundamentals of true spirituality: recognize simplicity, cherish purity, reduce your possessions, diminish your desires. —Lao Tzu

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. —Lao Tzu

Creating without claiming. Doing without taking credit. Guiding without interfering. This is primal virtue. —Lao Tzu


The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world. Through this I know the advantage of taking no action. —Laotzu

Clay is molded to make a vessel, but the utility of the vessel lies in the space where there is nothing. Thus, taking advantage of what is, we recognize the utility of what is not. —Lao Tzu

Fishes should not be taken from the deep, instruments for the profit of a state should not be shown to the people. —Laozi

Action should be taken before a thing has made its appearance, order should be secured before disorder has begun. —Lao Tzu

A man with outward courage dares to die: a man with inner courage dares to live. —Lao Tzu

Stillness and tranquility set things in order in the universe. —Lao Tzu

Lao tzu quote On Words

The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth. —Lao Tzu

Sincere words are not fine, fine words are not sincere. —Lao Tzu

True words are not fancy. Fancy words are not true. The good do not debate. Debaters are not good. —Lao Tzu

Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.The words of truth are always paradoxical. —Lao Tzu


Truthful words are not beautiful, beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive, persuasive words are not good. He who knows has no wide learning, he who has wide learning does not know. —Lao Tzu

Existence is beyond the power of words to define. —Laozi

Countless words count less than the silent balance between yin and yang. —Lao Tzu

If you don’t stand sincere by your words how sincere can the people be? Take great care over words, treasure them. —Lao Tzu

Too many words cause exhaustion [In the mind or from the mouth] Better to abide in stillnessLao Tzu & A J Girling. —translator

There are few in the world who attain to the teaching without words, and the advantage arising from non–action. —Lao Tzu

Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny. —Lao Tzeu

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. —LaoTzu

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. —LaoTzu

Abstaining from speech marks him who is obeying the spontaneity of his nature. —Lao Tzu

Therefore the sage manages affairs without doing anything, and conveys his instructions without the use of speech. —Lao Tzu

And when (one with the highest excellence) does not wrangle (about his low position), no one finds fault with him. —Lao Tzu


Thirty spokes Share one hub. Make the nothing therein appropriate, and you will have the use of the cart. —Lao Tzu

The thirty spokes unite in the one nave, but it’s on the empty space (for the axle), that the use of the wheel depends. —Lao Tzu

Lao tzu quote On Master

Stillness is the master of passion. —Lao Tzu

The Master is her own physician. She has healed herself of all knowing. Thus she is truly whole. —Lao Tzu

The Master stays behind, that is why she is ahead. She is detached from all things, that is why she is one with them. Because she has let go of herself, she is perfectly fulfilled. —Lao Tzu

If the one did not honour his master, and the other did not rejoice in his helper, an (observer), though intelligent, might greatly err about them. —Lao Tzu

The master observes the world but trusts his inner vision. He allows things to come and go. He prefers what is within to what is without. —LaoTzu

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

The master leads by emptying people’s minds and filling their cores, by weakening their ambition and toughening their resolve. —Laozi

Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe. —Lao Tzu


The inner is foundation of the outer The still is master of the restless The Sage travels all day yet never leaves his inner treasure. —Laotzu

Trying to control the future is like trying to take the master carpenter’s place. When you handle the master carpenter’s tools, chances are that you’ll cut your hand. —LaoTzu

The best fighter is never angry. —Lao Tzu

Composure is the ruler of instability. —Lao Tzu

The soft overcomes the hard, and the weak the strong. —Lao Tzu

In the highest antiquity, (the people) did not know that there were (their rulers). —Lao Tzu

Thus it was that when faith (in the Tao) was deficient (in the rulers) a want of faith in them ensued (in the people). —Lao Tzu

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

Constant action overcomes cold, being still overcomes heat. —Lao Tzu

Rather than act like the lord of the manor, I would rather behave like a guest. Rather than advance an inch, I would rather retreat a foot.Lao Tzu’sTao —

The people suffer from famine because of the multitude of taxes consumed by their superiors. —Lao Tzu

The people are difficult to govern because of the (excessive) agency of their superiors (in governing them). —Lao Tzu


The softest thing in the world dashes against and overcomes the hardest, that which has no (substantial) existence enters where there is no crevice. —Lao Tzu

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

The people starve because those in authority over them devour too many taxes, that is why they starve. —Lao Tzu

The masters were said to be profound because they show the greatest wisdom when comfortable in Life’s mysterious and unknown depths. —Lao Tzu

Giving birth without possessing, animating without subjecting, fostering without dominating. —Lao Tzu

Gravity is the root of lightness, stillness, the ruler of movement. —LaoTse

Those who do not lose their base endure. Those who die but do not perish have longevity. —Lao Tzu

The ten thousand things rise and fall while the self watches their return. —Lao Tzu

Not to value and employ men of superior ability is the way to keep the people from rivalry among themselves,. —Lao Tzu

If I were suddenly to become known, and (put into a position to) conduct (a government) according to the Great Tao, what I should be most afraid of would be a boastful display. —Laozi

If the force of arms is considered the only means of authority, it’s not an auspicious instrument. —Lao Tzu

The tree too thick to embrace emerges from a seedling. A nine–storey tower rises from a brick. A thousand–mile journey begins under your feet. —Lao Tsu


Scholars of the highest class, when they hear about the Tao, earnestly carry it into practice. —Lao Tzu

Lao tzu quote On Earth

The space between Heaven and Earth–––is it not like a bellows? —LaoTzu

May not the space between heaven and earth be compared to a bellows? —Lao Tzu

Heaven is long–enduring and earth continues long. —Lao Tzu

Perfect tranquillity is the way of heaven and earth.Lao Tzu & A J Girling. —translator

For the sage Heaven and Earth join in bestowing the greatest giftsLao Tzu & A J Girling. —translator

Earth rendered thereby firm and sure,. —Lao Tzu

The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus long is because they do not live of, or for, themselves. —Lao Tzu

Earth is a divine organism it cannot be successfully manipulated Who attempts manipulation will encounter defeatLao Tzu & A J Girling. —translator

Heaven and earth do not act from (the impulse of) any wish to be benevolent, they deal with all things as the dogs of grass are dealt with. —Lao Tzu


Heaven and Earth are not benevolent, They treat the myriad creatures as straw dogs.17 Sages are not benevolent, They treat the people as straw dogs. —Lao Tzu

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

Man takes his law from the Earth, the Earth takes its law from Heaven, Heaven takes it law from the Tao. The law of the Tao is its being what it’s. —Lao Tzu

Make the earth a dwelling place. Cultivate the heart and mind. Practice benevolence. Stand by your word. Govern with equity. Serve skillfully. Act in a timely way, without contentiousness, free of blame. —Lao Tzu

Big trees grow from sprouts, tall buildings rise from mounds of earth, the loftiest heights start at your feet. —Lao Tzu

The tree which fills the arms grew from the tiniest sprout, the tower of nine storeys rose from a (small) heap of earth, the journey of a thousand li commenced with a single step. —Lao Tzu

The world belongs to those who let go. —Lao Tzu

Therefore all in the world delight to exalt him and do not weary of him. —Lao Tzu

All in the world think themselves great, but the great are not concerned. Indeed, only by not being concerned can they be great. If they cared about being great, they’d eventually become petty. —Lao Tzu

It is because he is thus free from striving that therefore no one in the world is able to strive with him. —Lao Tzu

Peaceful tranquility this is the right way in the world. —Lao Tzu

All in the world know the beauty of the beautiful, and in doing this they have (the idea of) what ugliness is,. —Lao Tzu


Truth is revealed to the one who detaches himself from the world, not tempted by anything in it and not distracted by any of its phenomena. —Lao Tzu

Misery and fortune share a trust. Happiness hides in misery. —Lao Tzu

The Sage sees the world as an expansion of his own self So what need has he to accumulate things? —Laotzu

Material and infinite are inseparable Appreciating their interconnectedness is the gateway to understandingLao Tzu & A J Girling. —translator

To want to rule the world is to want to pamper this body. When you don’t prize this body, you don’t want to rule the world. —Lao Tzu

Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you. —Lao Tzu

All difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they were easy, and all great things from one in which they were small. —Lao Tzu

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

The hard and mighty lie beneath the ground While the tender and weak dance on the breeze above. —Lao Tzu

The Tao is hidden, and has no name, but it’s the Tao which is skilful at imparting (to all things what they need) and making them complete. —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. —Lao Tzu


Lao tzu quote On Knowledge

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

The ancients were subtle, mysterious, profound, responsive. The depth of their knowledge is unfathomable. —Lao Tzu

He constantly (tries to) keep them without knowledge and without desire, and where there are those who have knowledge, to keep them from presuming to act (on it). —Lao Tzu

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

The difficulty in governing the people arises from their having much knowledge. —Lao Tzu

The knowledge of that unchanging rule produces a (grand) capacity and forbearance, and that capacity and forbearance lead to a community (of feeling with all things). —Lao Tzu

One who understands others has knowledge, one who understands himself has wisdom. Mastering others requires force, mastering the self needs strength. —LaoTzu

Therefore the sages got their knowledge without travelling,. —Laozi

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

Therefore the sage knows (these things) of himself, but does not parade (his knowledge), loves, but does not (appear to set a) value on, himself. —Lao Tzu

Not–knowing is true knowledge. Presuming to know is a disease. First realize that you are sick, then you can move toward health. —Lao Tzu


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

However grand and high, would all decay. —Lao Tzu

Empty yourself of everything let the mind become still. —Lao Tzu

Racing and hunting madden our minds. —Lao Tzu

There is no disaster greater than not being content, There is no misfortune greater than being covetous. —Lao Tzu

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. —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

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. LaoTzu. Just make sure that you step in the right direction. —Lao Tzu

Become totally empty Quiet the restlessness of the mind Only then will you witness everything unfolding from emptiness. —Laotzu

Practice not–doing and everything will fall into place. —Lao Tzu

The perception of what is small is (the secret of clearsightedness, the guarding of what is soft and tender is (the secret of) strength. —Lao Tzu

This honouring of the Tao and exalting of its operation is not the result of any ordination, but always a spontaneous tribute. —Lao Tzu


He does not dare (by continuing his operations) to assert and complete his mastery. —Lao Tzu

Understanding the ordinary: Mind opens. Mind opening leads to compassion, Compassion to nobility, Nobility to heavenliness, Heavenliness to TAO. —Lao Tzu

The sage has no invariable mind of his own, he makes the mind of the people his mind. —Lao Tzu

Do you imagine the universe is agitated? Go into the desert at night and look at the stars. This practice should answer the question. —Lao Tzu

The sage has in the world an appearance of indecision, and keeps his mind in a state of indifference to all. —Lao Tzu

Therefore the sage, in the exercise of his government, empties their minds, fills their bellies, weakens their wills, and strengthens their bones. —Lao Tzu

I thought I know you, but it was only me. The you that you truly are is not the you I see. My mind has formed your image but you have already travelled on I want to see only you but I see you through me. —tao ching

Colors blind the eye Sounds deafen the ear. Flavors numb the taste. Thoughts weaken the mind. Desires wither the heart. —Lao Tzu

Great, it passes on (in constant flow). —Lao Tzu

Too much brightness blinds the eyes. Too much sound deafens the ears. Too much flavour ruins the tongue. Chasing desires to excess turns your mind towards madness, and valuing precious things impairs good judgment. —Laozi

Be still like a mountain, and flow like a great river. —Lao Tzu

Do not shine like jade, instead be humble like a rock. —Lao Tzu


The five colors make man’s eyes blind, the five notes make his ears deaf, the five tastes injure his palate. —Lao Tzu

Jade is praised as precious, but its strength is being stone. —Lao Tzu

More quotes on lao tzu

Peace in Every step. —Lao Tzu

The Way to do is to be. —Lao Tzu

Act without expectation. —Lao Tzu

The pot’s use comes from emptiness. —Lao Tzu

Loss is not as bad as wanting more. —Lao Tzu

Pursue that which is not meddlesome. —Lao Tsu

Great talents mature slowly. —Lao Tzu

Manage affairs before they are in a mess. —Lao Tzu

It as non–existent (and not named). —Lao Tzu

He who knows he has enough, is rich. —Lao Tzu

Every step is on the path. —Lao Tzu

Therefore the Tao is great,. —Lao Tzu

The heart that gives, gathers. —Tao Te


To be worn out is to be renewed. —Lao Tzu

A good traveler leaves no tracks. —Lao Tzu

Confidence is the greatest friend. —Lao Tzu

An over sharpened sword cannot last long. —Lao Tzu

Every journey begins with the first step. —Lao Tzu

Its outer fringe is all that we shall see. —Lao Tzu

He who is contented is rich. —Lao Tzu

But if desire always within us be,. —Lao Tzu

If its deep mystery we would sound,. —Lao Tzu

To lead the people, walk behind them. —Laozi

Know glory but cleave to humiliation. —Lao Tzu


He who talks more is sooner exhausted. —Lao Tzu

Silence is a source of great strength. —Lao Tzu

There is no illusion greater than fear. —Lao Tzu

Misery!happiness is to be found by its side! —Lao Tzu

Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself. —Lao Tzu

Hence (its way) is near to (that of) the Tao. —Lao Tzu

That which is meddling, touching everything,. —Lao Tzu

Always without desire we must be found,. —Lao Tzu

The sage puts herself last and is first. —Lao Tzu

To those who are good (to me), I am good,. —Lao Tzu

Heaven’s net is wide, but its mesh is fine. —Lao Tzu

Used gently, and without the touch of pain. —Lao Tzu


Perfection is the willingness to be imperfect. —Laozi

The simple child again, free from all stains. —Lao Tzu

To recognize your insignificance is empowering. —Lao Tzu

I let go of religion, and people become serene. —Lao Tzu

The Tao, considered as unchanging, has no name. —Lao Tzu

The highest excellence is like (that of) water. —Lao Tzu

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

Be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete. —Lao Tzu


If you become whole, everything will come to you. —Tao Te

Its gate, from which at first they issued forth,. —Lao Tzu

This is how they are able to continue and endure. —Lao Tzu

Boasting of wealth and virtue brings your demise. —Lao Tzu

Be still Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity. —Laotzu

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

If you are untrustworthy, people will not trust you. —Lao Tzu

Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear. —Lao Tzu

Tao (seeks) from day to day to diminish (his doing). —Lao Tzu

Ruling a large kingdom is like cooking a small fish.. —Lao Tse

The one who detaches and sees from afar sees clearly. —Lao Tzu

There is no guilt greater than to sanction ambition,. —Lao Tzu


Nature never hurries, yet everything is accomplished. —Lau Tzu

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

He is free from selfdisplay, and therefore he shines,. —Lao Tzu

Those who know do not talk. Those who talk do not know. —Tao Te

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

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

Mold clay into a bowl. The empty space makes it useful. —Lao Tzu

The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long. —Lao Tzu

Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity. —Lao Tzu

He who knows does not speak, he who speaks does not know. —Lao zi

Need little, want less. Forget the rules. Be untroubled. —Lao Tzu

Those who speak do not know. Those who know do not speak. —Lao Tzu


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

I had not the body, what great calamity could come to me? —Lao Tzu

There is no calamity greater than lightly engaging in war. —Lao Tzu

One who speaks does not know One who knows does not speak. —Lao Tzu

Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding. —Lao Tzu

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

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

The road you can talk about is not the road you can walk on. —LaoTse

Highly evolved people have their own conscience as pure law. —Lao Tzu

If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind. —LaoTsze

In the next they feared them, in the next they despised them. —Lao Tzu

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


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

It produces them and makes no claim to the possession of them,. —Laozi

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

To do good, work well, and lie low is the way of the blessing. —Lao Tzu

Because she competes with no one, no one can compete with her. —Lao Tzu

Passing on, it becomes remote. Having become remote, it returns. —Lao Tzu

The more prohibitions you have, the less virtuous people will be. —Tao Te

The more people have weapons, the more the state is in confusion. —Lao Tzu

Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness. —LaoTzu

We look at it, and we do not see it, and we name it ‘the Equable. —Lao Tzu

Let your workings remain a mystery. Just show people your results. —Lao Tzu

The skilful traveller leaves no traces of his wheels or footsteps. —Lao Tzu


He who possesses virtue in abundance may be compared to an infant. —Lao Tzu

The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name. —Lao Tzu

Let movement go on, and the condition of rest will gradually arise. —Lao Tzu

The excellence of a residence is in (the suitability of) the place,. —Lao Tzu

Opinion is the barren flower of the Way, the beginning of ignorance. —Lao Tzu

The Tao that can be described is not the enduring and unchanging Tao. —Lao Tzu

Shrinking looked they like those who wade through a stream in winter,. —Lao Tzu

If you give evil nothing to oppose, then virtue will return by itself. —Lao Tzu

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

Not seeking, not expecting, she is present, and can welcome all things. —Lao Tzu

I know hereby what advantage belongs to doing nothing (with a purpose). —Lao Tzu

Is it not through her selflessness that she is able to perfect herself? —Lao Tzu


Because he does not strive, no one finds it possible to strive with him. —Lao Tzu

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

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

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

Truly good people are not aware of their goodness, And are therefore good. —Lao Tzu

Someone who is too insistent in his own views finds few to agree with him. —LaoTzu

Emptiness appears barren yet is infinite fullnessLao Tzu & A J Girling. —translator

We meet it and do not see its Front, we follow it, and do not see its Back. —Lao Tzu

He who has little can only gain, but gain too much and the way will be lost. —Lao Tzu

He assists in developing people but he does not presume ownership over them. —Lao Tzu

If a country is governed with repression, the people are depressed and crafty. —Tao Te

Hence the sage puts away excessive effort, extravagance, and easy indulgence. —Lao Tzu


Use the light that is within you to revert to your natural clearness of sight. —Lao Tzu

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

I will be fond of keeping still, and the people will of themselves become correct. —Lao Tzu

Make your heart like a lake with a calm still surface and great depths of kindness. —Lao Tzu

Therefore the sufficiency of contentment is an enduring and unchanging sufficiency. —Lao Tzu

The unnamable is the eternally real. Naming is the origin of all particular things. —Lao Tse

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

Calm and repose are what he prizes, victory (by force of arms) is to him undesirable. —Lao Tzu

If the people must be ever fearful of death, then there will always be an executioner. —Lao Tzu

If lightning is the anger of the gods, then the gods are concerned mostly about trees. —Lao Tzu

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

Those who dare risk death have courage, but those who death cannot destroy are immortal. —Lao Tzu


The partial becomes complete, the crooked, straight, the empty, full, the worn out, new. —Lao Tzu

Men resort to him, and receive no hurt, but (find) rest, peace, and the feeling of ease. —Lao Tzu

Look, and it can’t be seen. Listen, and it can’t be heard. Reach, and it can’t be grasped. —Lao Tzu

Therefore a wise prince, marching the whole day, does not go far from his baggage waggons. —Lao Tzu

Clay is fashioned into vessels, but it’s on their empty hollowness, that their use depends. —Lao Tzu

Contentment alone is enough Indeed, the bliss of eternity can be found in your contentment. —Lao Tzu

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

An integral being knows without going, sees without looking, and accomplishes without doing. —Lao Tzu

Manifest plainness and embrace the genuine, lessen self–interest and make few your desires. —Lao Tzu

It is only by this moderation that there is effected an early return (to man’s normal state). —Lao Tzu

A great nation is like a great man..He thinks of his enemy as the shadow that he himself casts. —Tao Te

The moral man does something, and when no one responds he rolls up his sleeves and uses force. —Laotzu


A violent wind does not last for a whole morning, a sudden rain does not last for the whole day. —Lao Tzu

The great Way is easy, yet people prefer the side paths. Be aware when things are out of balance. —Lao Tzu

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

Sometimes you must yield in order to win, and sometimes maintaining a low place leads you to win. —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

True mastery can be gained by letting things go their own way. It cannot be gained by interfering. —Lao Tzu

The path into the light seems dark, the path forward seems to go back, the direct path seems long. —Lao Tzu

The reality of the building does not consist of the roof and walls, but the space within to be lived. —Lao Tzu

To be in favor or disgrace is to live in fear. To take the body seriously is to admit one can suffer. —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

To know that unchanging rule is to be intelligent, not to know it leads to wild movements and evil issues. —Lao Tzu

Obscure as muddied water. But, with stillness, muddy waters clear. Can you also act while remaining still? —Lao Tzu


The wise consider themselvesorphaned,widowed, andworthless. Their humility is the source of their strength. —Lao Tzu

The world’s most difficult affairs begin in easiness. The world’s greatest affairs always begin in the small. —Lao Tzu

The (method of) correction shall by a turn become distortion, and the good in it shall by a turn become evil. —Lao Tzu

Therefore the sage seeks to satisfy (the craving of) the belly, and not the (insatiable longing of the) eyes. —Lao Tzu

The slaying of multitudes should be mourned with sorrow. A victory should be celebrated with the funeral rite. —LaoTzu

To speak little is natural. Therefore a gale does not blow a whole morning nor does a downpour last a whole day. —Lao Tzu

Therefore the sage, while he never does what is great, is able on that account to accomplish the greatest things. —Lao Tzu

The Wise Man is square but not sharp, honest but not not malign, straight but not severe, bright but not dazzling. —Laozi

He will strike the blow, but will be on his guard against being vain or boastful or arrogant in consequence of it. —Lao Tzu

Although he may have brilliant prospects to look at, he quietly remains (in his proper place), indifferent to them. —Laozi

It is through their not being full of themselves that they can afford to seem worn and not appear new and complete. —Lao Tzu

Too much thinking causes confusion and anxiety better to stick with the simplicity of TaoLao Tzu & A J Girling. —translator


The Tao is (like) the emptiness of a vessel, and in our employment of it we must be on our guard against all fulness. —Lao Tzu

He who knows (the Tao) does not (care to) speak (about it), he who is (ever ready to) speak about it does not know it. —Lao Tzu

How can one know the eternal origin? By letting go of ideas and allowing it to reveal itselfLao Tzu & A J Girling. —translator

He who (tries to) govern a state by his wisdom is a scourge to it, while he who does not (try to) do so is a blessing. —Lao Tzu

Their work was done and their undertakings were successful, while the people all said, ‘We are as we are, of ourselves! —Lao Tzu

To know and yet (think) we do not know is the highest (attainment), not to know (and yet think) we do know is a disease. —Lao Tzu

If we could renounce our artful contrivances and discard our (scheming for) gain, there would be no thieves nor robbers. —Lao Tzu

Respond to anger with virtue. Deal with difficulties while they are still easy. Handle the great while it’s still small. —Lao Tzu

If you search everywhere, yet cannot find what you are seeking, it’s because what you seek is already in your possession. —Lao Tzu

Water is fluid, soft & yielding but water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield .. what is soft is strong. —Laotzu

If any one should wish to get the kingdom for himself, and to effect this by what he does, I see that he will not succeed. —Lao Tzu

Thus it’s that the Great man abides by what is solid, and eschews what is flimsy, dwells with the fruit and not with the flower. —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

Simplicity without a name Is free from all external aim. With no desire, at rest and still, All things go right as of their will. —Lao Tzu

The more laws and restrictions there are, The poorer people become.. The more rules and regulations, The more thieves and robbers. —Lao Tzu

Hope and fear are both phantoms that arise from thinking of the self. When we don’t see the self as self, what do we have to fear? —LaoTzu

Kind prince there is nothing in the realm of ideas that is absolute, therefore all efforts to form ideologies are ultimately futile. —Lao Tse

If you want to govern the people, You must place yourself below them. If you want to lead people, You must learn how to follow them. —Lao Tzu

A sage traveling all day is never far from the supplies in his cart, and however spectacular the views he remains calm and composed. —Lao Tzu

For regulating the human (in our constitution) and rendering the (proper) service to the heavenly, there is nothing like moderation. —Lao Tzu

He who, being a man, remains a woman, becomes a universal channel. Eternal virtue will flow through him. He will become a child again. —Lao Tzu

Favour and disgrace would seem equally to be feared, honour and great calamity, to be regarded as personal conditions (of the same kind). —Lao Tzu

There is no calamity greater than lavish desires.There is no greater guilt than discontentment.And there is no greater disaster than greed. —Laotzu

When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king. —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

Thus it’s that dignity finds its (firm) root in its (previous) meanness, and what is lofty finds its stability in the lowness (from which it rises). —Lao Tzu

To consider this desirable would be to delight in the slaughter of men, and he who delights in the slaughter of men cannot get his will in the kingdom. —Lao Tzu

In this way though he has his place above them, men do not feel his weight, nor though he has his place before them, do they feel it an injury to them. —Lao Tzu

Laozi was an ancient Chinese philosopher. According to Chinese tradition, Laozi lived in the 6th century BC, however many historians contend that Laozi. —Lao Tzu

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill, Keep sharpening your knife and it will be blunt Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner. —Tao Te

Always without desire we must be found, If its deep mystery we would sound, But if desire always within us be, Its outer fringe is all that we shall see. —Lao Tzu

The excellence of water appears in its benefiting all things, and in its occupying, without striving (to the contrary), the low place which all men dislike. —Lao Tzu

For things sometimes lead and sometimes follow, sometimes sign and sometimes storm, sometimes strengthen and sometimes weaken, sometimes kill and sometimes die. —Lao Tzu

It is the child that sees the primordial secret of Nature and it’s the child of ourselves we return to. the child within us is simple and daring enough to live the Secret. —Lao Tzu

She who is centered in the Tao can go where she wishes, without danger. She perceives the universal harmony, even amid great pain, because she has found peace in her heart. —Lao Tzu

If you show yourself, you will not be seen. If you affirm yourself, you will not shine. If you boast, you will have no merit. If you promote yourself, you will have no success. —Lao Tzu


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