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Quotes by Lao Tzu

A Collection of Quotes by Lao Tzu

“Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.”

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

“From caring comes courage.”

“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.”

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

“Act without expectation.”

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

“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.”

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

“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.”

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

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

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

“Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.”

“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.”

“The best fighter is never angry.”

“He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.”

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

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

“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.”

“Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.”

“Loss is not as bad as wanting more.”

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

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

“Silence is a source of great strength.”

“By letting go it all gets done.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing”

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.”

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

“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.”

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

“Nature is not human hearted.”

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

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

“He who does not trust enough will not be trusted.”

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

“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.”

“Stop thinking, and end your problems.”

“Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish – too much handling will spoil it.”

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

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