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43 Top-Notch Lao Tzu Quotes

Lao Tzu is an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. As the founder of the philosophical Taoism and deity to the Taoism religion, Tzu was born during the Zhou Dynasty in the 6th or 5th century BC. As a central figure in Chinese culture, here is a look at some of the best Lao Tzu quotes ever recorded.

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

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

“Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing.”

“Act without expectation.”

“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.”

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

“By letting go it all gets done.”

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

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

“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.”

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

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

“Loss is not as bad as wanting more.”

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

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

“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.”

“Silence is a source of Great Strength.”

“Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.”

“Stop thinking, and end your problems.”

“The best fighter is never angry.”

“The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.”

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

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

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

“The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know.”

“There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.”

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

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

“To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.”

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

“To know that you do not know is the best. To think you know when you do not is a disease. Recognizing this disease as a disease is to be free of it.”

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

“Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.”

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

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

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

“Your own positive future begins in this moment. All you have is right now. Every goal is possible from here.”

Here is a look at the eastern philosophy of Lao Tzu, the founder of Taoism.

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