Lao Tzu Quotes - Free Quotes by Lao Tzu From The Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu Quotes - Free words of wisdom for the mind and soul from the life of Lao Tzu.

Lao Tzu Quotes A

  • "A good traveller 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 
  • "A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar." -Lao Tzu 
  • "A terrace nine stories high begins with a pile of earth." -Lao Tzu 
  • "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 stretches her fingers to touch the heavens." -Lao Tzu 
  • "An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox." -Lao Tzu 
  • "Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy." -Lao Tzu 
  • "As the soft yield of water cleaves obstinate stone, so to yield with life solves the insolvable: To yield, I have learned , is to come back again." -Lao Tzu 
  • "At the centre of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want." -Lao Tzu 

Lao Tzu Quotes B

  • "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
  • "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 the chief but never the lord." -Lao Tzu 
  • "Because of a great love, one is courageous." -Lao Tzu 
  • "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." -Lao Tzu 
  • "Born to be wild - live to outgrow it." -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 

Lao Tzu Quotes D

  • "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 

Lao Tzu Quotes F

  • "Failure is the foundation of success, and the means by which it is achieved." -Lao Tzu 
  • "Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt." -Lao Tzu 
  • "From caring comes courage." -Lao Tzu 
  • "From wonder into wonder existence opens." -Lao Tzu 

Lao Tzu Quotes G

  • "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." -Lao Tzu 
  • "Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." -Lao Tzu 
  • "Great acts are made up of small deeds." -Lao Tzu 
  • "Great indeed is the sublimity of the creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven." -Lao Tzu 

Lao Tzu Quotes H

  • "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 
  • "He who does not trust enough, will not be trusted." -Lao Tzu 
  • "He who is contented is rich." -Lao Tzu 
  • "He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know." -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
  • "He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire." -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
  • "How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men? -Lao Tzu  

Lao Tzu Quotes I

  • "I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any." -Lao Tzu 
  • "I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures." -Lao Tzu 
  • "I have three treasures. Guard and keep them: The first is deep love, the second is frugality, and the third is not to dare to be ahead of the world.

  • Because of deep love, one is courageous. Because of frugality, one is generous. Because of not daring to be ahead of the world, one becomes the leader of the world." -Lao Tzu 
  • "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 
  • "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." -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 
  • "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
  • "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 
  • "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 
  • "It is the vague and elusive. Meet it and you will not see its head. Follow it and you will not see its back." -Lao Tzu 
  • "It is wealth to be content." -Lao Tzu 

Lao Tzu Quotes K

  • "Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.' -Lao Tzu 
  • "Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power." -Lao Tzu
  • "Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment." -Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu Quotes L

  •  "Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides." -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 
  • "Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses." -Lao Tzu 

Lao Tzu Quotes M

  • "Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself." -Lao Tzu 
  • "Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires." -Lao Tzu 
  • "Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power." -Lao Tzu
  • "Music in the soul can be heard by the universe." -Lao Tzu 

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Lao Tzu Quotes N

  • "Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." -Lao Tzu 
  • "Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it because they have no way to change it. 
  •  So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it." -Lao Tzu 
  • "Nature is not human hearted." -Lao Tzu 
  • "Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it." -Lao Tzu 

Lao Tzu Quotes O

  • "Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions." -Lao Tzu 
  • "One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others." Lao Tzu 
  • "One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him." -Lao Tzu 

Lao Tzu Quotes P

  • "People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge." -Lao Tzu 
  • "People in their handling of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure." -Lao Tzu 

Lao Tzu Quotes R

  • "Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment." -Lao Tzu 

Lao Tzu Quotes S

  • "Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness." - Lao Tzu 
  • "Silence is a source of great strength." -Lao Tzu 
  • "Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength." -Lao Tzu 

Lao Tzu Quotes T

  • "The best [man] is like water. Water is good; it benefits all things and does not compete with them. It dwells in [lowly] places that all disdain. This is why it is so near to Tao." -Lao Tzu 
  • "The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honoured by all in the world, Like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest." -Lao Tzu 
  • "The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours." -Lao Tzu 

  • "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." -Lao Tzu 
  • "The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness." -Lao Tzu 
  • "The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be." -Lao Tzu 
  • "The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes." -Lao Tzu 
  • "The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days." -Lao Tzu 
  • "The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete." -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." - Lao Tzu 
  • "The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself." - Lao Tzu 
  • "The Way of Heaven is to benefit others and not to injure. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete." -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 wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own." -Lao Tzu 
  • "The words of truth are always paradoxical." -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." -Lao Tzu 
  • "Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge." -Lao Tzu 
  • "To be worn out is to be renewed." -Lao Tzu 
  • "To have little is to possess. To have plenty is to be perplexed." -Lao Tzu 
  • "To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease." - Lao Tzu 
  • "To know yet to think that one does not now is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty." - Lao Tzu 
  • "To lead people walk behind them...As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate..When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves!'" -Lao Tzu 
  • "To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage." -Lao Tzu 
  • "To produce things and to rear them, To produce, but not to take possession of them, To act, but not to rely on one's own ability, To lead them, but not to master them - This is called profound and secret virtue."  -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 see things in the seed, that is genius." -Lao Tzu 
  • "To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders." -Lao Tzu 
  • "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 
  • "Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good." -Lao Tzu 

Lao Tzu Quotes V

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

Lao Tzu Quotes W

  • "When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish." -Lao Tzu 
  • "When armies are mobilized and issues are joined, the man who is sorry over the fact will win." -Lao Tzu 
  • "When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." -Lao Tzu 
  • "When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves.'" - Lao Tzu 
  • "When the highest type of men hear Tao, they diligently practice it. When the average type of men hear Tao, they half believe in it. When the lowest type of men hear Tao, they laugh heartily at it. Without the laugh, there is no Tao." -Lao Tzu 
  • "When the people of the world all know beauty as beauty, there arises the recognition of ugliness. When they all know the good as good, there arises the recognition of evil." -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 
  • "When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you." -Lao Tzu 
  • "Without stirring abroad, one can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window, one can see the way of heaven. The further one goes, the less one knows." -Lao Tzu 

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