Lao Tzu Quotes (290 Quotes)


    Going forward seems like retreat ...

    When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.

    To know you have enough is to be rich.

    Acting without design, occupying oneself without making a business of it, finding the great in what is small and the many in the few, repaying injury with kindness, effecting difficult things while they are easy, and managing great things in their beginnings this is the method of Tao.

    Therefore the sage is as pointed as a square but does not pierce. He is as acute as a knife but does not cut. He is as straight as an unbent line but does not extend. He is as bright as light but does not dazzle.


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

    From caring comes courage.

    The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.

    The new life created by the final integration is self-aware yet without ego, capable of inhabiting a body yet not attached to it, and guided by wisdom rather than emotion. Whole and virtuous, it can never die.

    It is better to do one's own duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins.

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

    One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.

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

    To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

    Can you let go of words and ideas, attitudes and expectations If so, then the Tao will loom into view.

    Do not imagine that an integral being has the ambition of enlightening the unaware or raising worldly people to the divine realm. To her, there is no self and other, and hence no one to be raised no heaven and hell, and hence no destination.

    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.

    ... learn to value what is important today in the subtle realm rather than what appears desirable tomorrow in the worldly realm.

    Marriage is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness of sins.

    If you can let go of (the Tao) with your mind and surround it with your heart, it will live inside you forever.

    Understand this if nothing else spiritual freedom and oneness with the Tao are not randomly bestowed gifts, but the rewards of conscious self-transformation and self-evolution.

    In the Golden Age, Rulers were unknown. In the following age Rulers were loved and praised. Next came the age When rulers were feared. Finally the age When rulers are hated.

    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.

    Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.

    ... The sage, traveling all day, Does not lose sight of his baggage. Though there are beautiful things to be seen, He remains unattached and calm.

    The first practice is the practice of undiscriminating virtue take care of those who are deserving also, and equally, take care of those who are not. When you extend your virtue in all directions without discriminating, you feet are firmly planted on the path that returns to the Tao.

    ... the mind is desperate to fix the river of events in place Possessed by ideas of the past, preoccupied with images of the future, it overlooks the plain truth of the moment.

    No thought, no action, no movement, total stillness only thus can one manifest the true nature and law of things from within and unconsciously, and at last become one with heaven and earth.

    He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.

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


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