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Lao Tzu’s “Tao Te Ching” Quotes (23 Quotes)


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  • The Wise Man is square but not sharp, honest but not not malign, straight but not severe, bright but not dazzling.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • Clay is fashioned into vessels; but it is on their empty hollowness, that their use depends.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • To understand the limitation of things, desire them.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")


  • He is free from self- display, and therefore he shines;
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • 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, "Tao Te Ching")

  • What is firmly rooted cannot be pulled out.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • If good happens, good; if bad happens, good.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • When goodness is lost there is morality.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • When its work is accomplished, it does not claim the name of having done it.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • It is because he is thus free from striving that therefore no one in the world is able to strive with him.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • With no desire, at rest and still, All things go right as of their will.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")


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