Lao Tzu

601 BC - Unknown, departed to the West in 531 BC

601 BC - Unknown, departed to the West in 531 BC


57 Greatest Quotes By Lao Tzu

To speak little is natural. Therefore a gale does not blow a whole morning nor does a downpour last a whole day. Lao Tzu
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. 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
Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to. Lao Tzu
He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. 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
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. Lao Tzu
Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle. Lao Tzu
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. Lao Tzu
At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. Lao Tzu
He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough. Lao Tzu
If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence. Lao Tzu
As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it. Lao Tzu
Stop thinking, and end your problems. Lao Tzu
The difficult problems in life always start off being simple. Great affairs always start off being small. Lao Tzu
Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength. Lao Tzu
Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing. Lao Tzu
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. Lao Tzu
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu
Love is a decision - not an emotion! Lao Tzu
He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know. Lao Tzu
Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides. Lao Tzu
The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. Lao Tzu
The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days. Lao Tzu
Silence is a source of Great Strength. Lao Tzu
To see things in the seed, that is genius. Lao Tzu
Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. Lao Tzu
When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you. 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
Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it. Lao Tzu
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
To bear and not to own; to act and not lay claim; to do the work and let it go: for just letting it go is what makes it stay. Lao Tzu
A good traveler leaves no tracks. Good speech lacks fault-finding. 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
If lightning is the anger of the gods, then the gods are concerned mostly about trees. Lao Tzu
Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear. Lao Tzu
The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long. Lao Tzu
Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it. Lao Tzu
Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity. Lao Tzu
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu
Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. 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
Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good. Lao Tzu
Love is of all the passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses. Lao Tzu
Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. Lao Tzu
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu
If you are untrustworthy, people will not trust you. Lao Tzu
Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing. Lao Tzu
A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live. Lao Tzu
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
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
When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish. Lao Tzu