Lao Tzu Quotes

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The way to do is to be.
— Lao Tzu

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A man who is content is rich.
— Lao Tzu
That is real which never changes.
— Lao Tzu
The wise man knows without traveling.
— Lao Tzu
Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.
— Lao Tzu
People starve if taxes eat their grain.
— Lao Tzu
To see things in the seed, that is genius.
— Lao Tzu

genius vision

To perceive things is the gem of intelligence.
— Lao Tzu
A man who stands on tiptoe does not stand firm.
— Lao Tzu
If nature does not have to insist, why should man?
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He who does not trust enough, will not be trusted.
— Lao Tzu
Not to accept destiny is to face death blindfolded.
— Lao Tzu
A leader is best when people barely know he exists.
— Lao Tzu
Which brings more to you . . . .you or what you own?
— Lao Tzu
Find the great in the small and the many in the few.
— Lao Tzu
Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river.
— Lao Tzu
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
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Those who know do not tell, those who tell do not know.
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Let life ripen and then fall, will is not the way at all.
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Of all noble qualities, loving compassion is the noblest.
— Lao Tzu
If I keep from imposing on people, they become themselves.
— Lao Tzu
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
— Lao Tzu

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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
— Lao Tzu
The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step.
— Lao Tzu
The faults of starving people are the faults of their rulers.
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Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.
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One who knows others is learned; One who knows himself is wise.
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Be utterly humble and you shall hold to the foundation of peace.
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Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness.
— Lao Tzu

happiness

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

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A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
— Lao Tzu

Travel

Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.
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He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire.
— Lao Tzu

power

The surest test if a man be sane is if he accepts life whole, as it is.
— Lao Tzu
Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.
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government

Conquering others requires force. Conquering oneself requires strength.
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There are many paths to enlightenment. Be sure to take one with a heart.
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enlightenment

The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
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The biggest problem in the world could have been solved when it was small.
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problems

A sensible man is wiser than he knows, while a fool knows more than is wise.
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A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
— Lao Tzu

comfort

A man with outward courage dares to die, one with inward courage dares to live.
— Lao Tzu
Manifest plainness - Embrace simplicity - Reduce selfishness - Have few desires.
— Lao Tzu
He who overcomes others is strong, but he who overcomes himself is mightier still.

self-control

The universe is deathless; deathless because, having no finite self, It stays infinite.
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Governing a large country is like frying a small fish. You spoil it with too much poking.
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government

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

intuition

To be good I would be good. To the not-good I would also be good in order to make them good.
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Rigidity and hardness are companions of death. Softness and tenderness are companions of life.
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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
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At the center of your being you have the answer;you know who you are and you know what you want.
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When one no longer thinks of the personal body as self, neither failure nor success can ail him.
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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
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love

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
— Lao Tzu

know yourself

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
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Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.
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Wouldst thou know if a society be well governed, if its laws be good or bad? Examine the music it practices.
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When a man cares he is unafraid, when he is fair he leaves enough for others, when he is humble he can grow.
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By accident of fortune a man may rule the world for a time, but by virtue of love he may rule the world forever.
— Lao Tzu

love

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
— Lao Tzu

kindness

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
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The best captain does not plunge headlong nor is the best soldier a man hot to fight. The greatest victor wins without a battle.
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Law after law breeds a multitude of thieves. The greater the number of laws and enactments, the more thieves and robbers there will be.
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Failure is the foundation of success, and the means by which it is achieved.  Success is the lurking place of failure; but who can tell when the turning-place will come?

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Shape clay into a vessel;
It is the space within that makes it useful.
Cut doors and windows for a room;
It is the holes which make it useful.
Therefore benefit comes from what is there;
Usefulness from what is not there.
— Lao Tzu
I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among others.