210 Lao Tzu Quotes

  1. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”― Lao Tzu
  2. “Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. – Lao Tzu
  3. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. – Lao Tzu
  4. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. – Lao Tzu
  5. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.” ― Lao Tzu
  6. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ― Lao Tzu
  7. “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.” – Lao Tzu
  8. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” ― Lao Tzu
  9. “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” ― Lao Tzu
  10. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow.” – Lao Tzu
  11. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. ― Lao Tzu
  12. “Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.” ― Lao Tzu
  13. “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.” ― Lao Tzu
  14. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ― Lao Tzu
  15. “The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.” ― Lao Tzu
  16. “The best fighter is never angry.” ― Lao Tzu
  17. “Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.” ― Lao Tzu
  18. Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. – Lao Tzu
  19. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. – Lao Tzu
  20. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her. ― Lao Tzu
  21. “A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.” ― Lao Tzu
  22. “Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” ― Lao Tzu
  23. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. – Lao Tzu
  24. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream. – Lao Tzu
  25. 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. – Lao Tzu
  26. “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.” – Lao Tzu
  27. “When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ― Lao Tzu
  28. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”― Lao Tzu
  29. “At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” ― Lao Tzu
  30. “If you are depressed you are living in the past, anxious you are living in the future, at peace you are living in the present.” ― Lao Tzu
  31. “Silence is a source of Great Strength.” ― Lao Tzu
  32. “Stop thinking, and end your problems.” ― Lao Tzu
  33. If you understand others you are smart. If you understand yourself you are illuminated. – Lao Tzu
  34. If you overcome others you are powerful. If you overcome yourself you have strength. – Lao Tzu
  35. If you know how to be satisfied you are rich. If you can act with vigor, you have a will. – Lao Tzu
  36. If you don’t lose your objectives you can be long-lasting. If you die without loss, you are eternal.” ― Lao Tzu
  37. “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ― Lao Tzu
  38. “Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?” ― Lao Tzu
  39. “Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires.”  ― Lao Tzu
  40. “The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.” ― Lao Tzu
  41. “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” ― Lao Tzu
  42. “Act without expectation.” ― Lao Tzu
  43. “Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment” ― Lao Tzu
  44. “I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility.” – Lao Tzu
  45. 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.― Lao Tzu
  46. “A leader is best When he who talks little, When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, “We did this ourselves.” ― Lao Tzu
  47. “The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.”  ― Lao Tzu
  48. “To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”  ― Lao Tzu
  49. “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” ― Lao Tzu
  50. “To know that you do not know is the best. To think you know when you do not is a disease. – Lao Tzu
  51. 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
  52. “Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.” ― Lao Tzu
  53. “By letting go it all gets done.” ― Lao Tzu
  54. “Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing.” ― Lao Tzu
  55. “To lead people, walk beside them.” – Lao Tzu
  56. “Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.” ― Lao Tzu
  57. Must you value what others value, avoid what others avoid? How ridiculous! – Lao Tzu
  58. “To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.” ― Lao Tzu
  59. “If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.” ― Lao Tzu
  60. “Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” ― Lao Tzu
  61. Whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. – Lao Tzu
  62. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail.” ― Lao Tzu
  63. “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
  64. “The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know.” ― Lao Tzu
  65. “To understand the limitation of things, desire them.” ― Lao Tzu
  66. “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” ― Lao Tzu
  67. “She does not show herself, and therefore is apparent. She does not affirm herself, and therefore is acknowledged.” – Lao Tzu
  68. She does not boast and therefore has merit. She does not strive and therefore is successful. – Lao Tzu
  69. It is exactly because she does not contend, that nobody can contend with her.” ― Lao Tzu
  70. “Loss is not as bad as wanting more.” ― Lao Tzu
  71. “Your own positive future begins in this moment. All you have is right now. Every goal is possible from here.” ― Lao Tzu
  72. “Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.” ― Lao Tzu
  73. “The Way to ‘DO’ is to ‘BE’ ― Lao Tzu
  74. “Because of a great love, one is courageous.” ― Lao Tzu
  75. All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. – Lao Tzu
  76. If you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. – Lao Tzu
  77. If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them. – Lao Tzu
  78. “Give evil nothing to oppose and it will disappear by itself.” ― Lao Tzu
  79. “So the unwanting soul sees what’s hidden, and the ever-wanting soul sees only what it wants.” ― Lao Tzu
  80. “Supple, breathing gently, you become reborn.” – Lao Tzu
  81. Clearing your vision, you become clear. Nurturing your beloved, you become impartial. – Lao Tzu
  82. Opening your heart, you become accepted. – Lao Tzu
  83. Accepting the World this is love. – Lao Tzu
  84. Bearing and nurturing, Creating but not owning this is love. – Lao Tzu
  85. Giving without demanding, Controlling without authority, this is love. ― Lao Tzu
  86. Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force.” ― Lao Tzu
  87. “He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” ― Lao Tzu
  88. “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.” ― Lao Tzu
  89. “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
  90. “If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” ― Lao Tzu
  91. 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
  92. “Close your mouth, block off your senses, blunt your sharpness, untie your knots, soften your glare, and settle your dust. This is the primal identity.” ― Lao Tzu
  93. “There is a time to live and a time to die but never to reject the moment.” ― Lao Tzu
  94. “To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go” ― Lao Tzu
  95. “As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.” ― Lao Tzu
  96. “If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. – Lao Tzu
  97. “If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.” ― Lao Tzu
  98. “The past has no power to stop you from being present now. Only your grievance about the past can do that.” – Lao Tzu
  99. “What is grievance? The baggage of old thought and emotion.” ― Lao Tzu
  100. “Great acts are made up of small deeds.” ― Lao Tzu
  101. “When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly.” – Lao Tzu
  102. “When people see some things as good, other things become bad.” ― Lao Tzu
  103. “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?” ― Lao Tzu
  104. “Countless words count less than the silent balance between yin and yang” ― Lao Tzu
  105. “One who is too insistent on his own views finds few to agree with him.” ― Lao Tzu
  106. “Perfection is the willingness to be imperfect.” ― Lao Tzu
  107. “Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.” ― Lao Tzu
  108. “When there is no desire, all things are at peace.” ― Lao Tzu
  109. “He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.” ― Lao Tzu
  110. “To see things in the seed, that is genius.” ― Lao Tzu
  111. “If you want to know me, look inside your heart.” ― Lao Tzu
  112. The Master has no possessions. The more he does for others, the happier he is. The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.” ― Lao Tzu
  113. “When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.” ― Lao Tzu
  114. “He who acts, spoils; he who grasps, lets slip.” ― Lao Tzu
  115. Yet your intellect will never grasp them, and if you try to practice them, you’ll fail. – Lao Tzu
  116. “Success is as dangerous as failure. Hope is as hollow as fear.” ― Lao Tzu
  117. “If you show yourself, you will not be seen. If you affirm yourself, you will not shine.” – Lao Tzu
  118. If you boast, you will have no merit. If you promote yourself, you will have no success. ― Lao Tzu
  119. “Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” ― Lao Tzu
  120. “Respond to anger with virtue. Deal with difficulties while they are still easy. Handle the great while it is still small.” ― Lao Tzu
  121. “Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield.” – Lao Tzu
  122. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. What is soft is strong.” ― Lao Tzu
  123. “He who stands on tiptoe doesn’t stand firm. He who rushes ahead doesn’t go far.” – Lao Tzu
  124. He who tries to shine dims his own light. He who defines himself can’t know who he really is. – Lao Tzu
  125. He who has power over others can’t empower himself. He who clings to his work will create nothing that endures. – Lao Tzu
  126. “To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.” ― Lao Tzu
  127. “Be still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity”― Lao Tzu
  128. Presuming to know is a disease. Not-knowing is true knowledge. – Lao Tzu
  129. “When pure sincerity forms within, it is outwardly realized in other people’s hearts.” ― Lao Tzu
  130. “If you are untrustworthy, people will not trust you.” ― Lao Tzu
  131. “Love is of all the passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.” ― Lao Tzu
  132. “The difficult problems in life always start off being simple. Great affairs always start off being small.” ― Lao Tzu
  133. “Some lose yet gain, others gain and yet lose.” ― Lao Tzu
  134. If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. – Lao Tzu
  135. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. – Lao Tzu
  136. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.― Lao Tzu
  137. If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. – Lao Tzu
  138. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. – Lao Tzu
  139. “Not seeking, not expecting, she is present, and can welcome all things.” ― Lao Tzu
  140. “Take care with the end as you do with the beginning.” ― Lao Tzu
  141. “Colors blind the eye. Sounds deafen the ear. Flavors numb the taste. Thoughts weaken the mind. Desires wither the heart.” ― Lao Tzu
  142. “In the end, the treasure of life is missed by those who hold on and gained by those who let go.”  ― Lao Tzu
  143. “Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.” ― Lao Tzu
  144. “Do not conquer the world with force, for force only causes resistance.” – Lao Tzu
  145. “He who defends with love will be secure; Heaven will save him, and protect him with love.” ― Lao Tzu
  146. 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. – Lao Tzu
  147. “Just remain in the center; watching. And then forget that you are there.” ― Lao Tzu
  148. “The hard and mighty lie beneath the ground. While the tender and weak dance on the breeze above.” ― Lao Tzu
  149. “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
  150. “Every step is on the path.” ― Lao Tzu
  151. “Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear.” ― Lao Tzu
  152. “When goodness is lost there is morality.” ― Lao Tzu
  153. “Boasting of wealth and virtue brings your demise.” ― Lao Tzu
  154. “There is no illusion greater than fear.” ― Lao Tzu
  155. “What is firmly rooted cannot be pulled out.” ― Lao Tzu
  156. “To be worn out is to be renewed.” ― Lao Tzu
  157. “He is free from self- display, and therefore he shines.” ― Lao Tzu
  158. “Love is a decision – not an emotion!” ― Lao Tzu
  159. “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
  160. “The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.” ― Lao Tzu
  161. “If you search everywhere, yet cannot find what you are seeking, it is because what you seek is already in your possession.” ― Lao Tzu
  162. There is no disaster greater than not being content; There is no misfortune greater than being covetous.― Lao Tzu
  163. “When the work is done, and one’s name is becoming distinguished, to withdraw into obscurity is the way of Heaven.” ― Lao Tzu
  164. “To speak little is natural. Therefore a gale does not blow a whole morning nor does a downpour last a whole day.” ― Lao Tzu
  165. “To become learned, each day add something. To become enlightened, each day drop something.” ― Lao Tzu
  166. The inner is foundation of the outer. The still is master of the restless – Lao Tzu
  167. The Sage travels all day yet never leaves his inner treasure. ― Lao Tzu
  168. “Our enemies are not demons, but human beings like ourselves” ― Lao Tzu
  169. “From wonder into wonder existence opens” ― Lao Tzu
  170. “The way of heaven is to help and not harm.” ― Lao Tzu
  171. “If the people must be ever fearful of death, then there will always be an executioner.” ― Lao Tzu
  172. “Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding” ― Lao Tzu
  173. “When wealth and honors lead to arrogancy, this brings its evil on itself.” ― Lao Tzu
  174. “Where the Mystery is the deepest is the gate of all that is subtle and wonderful.” ― Lao Tzu
  175. “Is it not through her selflessness that she is able to perfect herself?” ― Lao Tzu
  176. “Composure is the ruler of instability.” ― Lao Tzu
  177. Act without striving. Work without interfering. Find the flavour in what is flavourless. – Lao Tzu
  178. All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small. – Lao Tzu
  179. Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens. – Lao Tzu
  180. An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.- Lao Tzu
  181. Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy. – Lao Tzu
  182. At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. – Lao Tzu
  183. Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. – Lao Tzu
  184. Few things under heaven bring more benefit than the lessons learned from silence and the actions taken without striving. – Lao Tzu
  185. For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions. – Lao Tzu
  186. From wonder into wonder existence opens. – Lao Tzu
  187. Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it. – Lao Tzu
  188. Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish – too much handling will spoil it. – Lao Tzu
  189. Great acts are made up of small deeds.- Lao Tzu
  190. Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven. – Lao Tzu
  191. He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted. – Lao Tzu
  192. He who is contented is rich. – Lao Tzu
  193. How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men? – Lao Tzu
  194. If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence. – Lao Tzu
  195. 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
  196. Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. –  Lao Tzu
  197. Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides. – Lao Tzu
  198. Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.- Lao Tzu
  199. One cannot reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others. – Lao Tzu
  200. Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength. – Lao Tzu
  201. Surrender your self-interest. Love others as much as you love yourself. Then you can be entrusted with all things under heaven. – Lao Tzu
  202. The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. – Lao Tzu
  203. The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be. – Lao Tzu
  204. The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes. – Lao Tzu
  205. The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days. – Lao Tzu
  206. The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world. – Lao Tzu
  207. The words of truth are always paradoxical. – Lao Tzu
  208. There is no greater disaster than discontent. There is no greater misfortune than wanting more. – Lao Tzu
  209. Returning to the root is stillness. Through stillness each fulfils its destiny. – Lao Tzu
  210. To see things in the seed, that is genius. – Lao Tzu

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