Lao Tzu Quotes – Complete Collection

Lao Tzu Quotes

Lao tzu Quotes on Knowledge of self

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”

“Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things. Do not be concerned with loss or gain. Love the world as your own Self; then you can truly care for all things.”

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

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

He who knows others is wise, He who knows himself is enlightened.

“The True Person avoids extremes, self-indulgence, and extravagance.”

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

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

“The ten thousand things flourish and then each returns to the root from which it came. Returning to the root is stillness. Through stillness each fulfills its destiny.”

“Who can save the world?

“Perhaps one who devotedly follows these teachings, who calms his mind, who ignores all divergence, who develops a high awareness of the subtle truths, who merges his virtue with the universal virtue and extends it to the world without expectation of reward. He will indeed be the savior of the world. “

Life quotes from Lao Tzu

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

“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.”

“Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force.”

“An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.”

“He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.”

Life quotes from Lao Tzu

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.”

“He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.”

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

“If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.”

“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.”

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

“Man’s enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.”

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

“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.”

“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.”

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

“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. this is another paradox: what is soft is strong.”

“The words of truth are always paradoxical.”

Awakening quotes by Lao Tzu

“Colors blind the eye, Sounds deafen the ear, Flavors numb the taste. Thoughts weaken the mind. Desires weaken the heart. The Master observes the world but trusts his inner vision,

He allows things to come and go, His heart is open as the sky.”

“The ego is a monkey catapulting through the jungle: Totally fascinated by the realm of the senses, it swings from one desire to the next, one conflict to the next, one self-centered idea to the next. If you threaten it, it actually fears for its life. Let this monkey go. Let go of the senses, desires, conflicts, ideas,fiction of life and death. Just remain in the center, watching and then forget that you are there.”

“I confess that there is nothing to teach: no religion, no science, no body of information which will lead your mind back to the Tao. Today I speak in this fashion, tomorrow in another, but always the integral way is beyond words and beyond mind. Simply be aware of the oneness of things.”

“I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do i serve any.”

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

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

“How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?”

“Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.”

Being totally empty…Quieten the restlessness of the mind…Only then one witness everything unfolding from emptiness…

“To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.”

Lao Tzu Spiritual league

about Universe

“Do you imagine the universe is agitated? Go into the desert at night and look out at the stars. This practice should answer the question. The superior person settles her mind as the universe settles the stars in the sky. By connecting her mind with the subtle origin, she calms it. Once calmed, it naturally expands, and ultimately her mind becomes as vast and immeasurable as the night sky.

“From wonder into wonder existence opens.”

Lao Tzu Quotes on Love

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

Lao Tzu Quotes about Tao

“Whoever is planted in the Tao will not be rooted up. Whoever embraces the Tao will not slip away. Her name will be held in honor from generation to generation.

Let the Tao be present in your life and you will become genuine. Let it be present in your family and your family will flourish.Let it be present in your country and your country will be an example to all countries in the world.Let it be present in the universe and the universe will sing. How do I know this is true? By looking inside myself.”

“Those who wish to embody the Tao should embrace all things. To embrace all things means first that one holds no anger or resistance toward any idea or thing, living or dead, formed or formless. Acceptance is the very essence of the Tao. To embrace all things means also that one rids oneself of any concept of separation; male and female, self and other, life and death. Division is contrary to the nature of the Tao. Foregoing antagonism and separation, one enters in the harmonious oneness of all things.”

“He who stands on tiptoe doesn’t stand form. He who rushes ahead doesn’t go far. He who tries to shine dims his own light. He who defines himself can’t know who he really is. He who has power over others can’t empower himself. He who clings to his work will create nothing that endures.If you want to accord with the Tao, just do your job, then let go.”


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