Lao Tzu Quotes (290 Quotes)

    Find a teacher who is an integral being, a beacon who extends his light and virtue with equal ease to those who appreciate him and those who don't. Shape yourself in his mold, bathe in his nourishing radiance, and reflect it out to the rest of the world.

    Of the best rulers, The people only know that they exist the next best they love and praise the next they fear and the next they revile. When they do not command the people's faith, some will lose faith in them, and then they resort to oaths But of the best when their task is accomplished, their work done, the people all remark, ''We have done it ourselves.''

    Do you think that you can clear your mind by sitting constantly in silent meditation This makes your mind narrow, not clear. Integral awareness is fluid and adaptable, present in all places and at all times. That is true meditation.... The Tao is clear and simple, and it doesn't avoid the world.

    Clay is moulded to make a vessel, but the utility of the vessel lies in the space where there is nothing.... Thus, taking advantage of what is,we recognize the utility of what is not.

    All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.

    The heavy is the root of the light. The tranquil is the ruler of the hasty.

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

    The world is full of half-enlightened masters. Overly clever, too 'sensitive' to live in the real world, they surround themselves with selfish pleasures and bestow their grandiose teachings upon the unwary. Prematurely publicizing themselves, intent upon.

    The feminine values are the fountain of bliss. Know the masculine, Keep to the feminine.

    He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.

    The Tao's principle is spontaneity.

    Who can enjoy enlightenment and remain indifferent to suffering in the world This is not in keeping with the Way. Only those who increase their service along with their understanding can be called men and women of Tao.

    Greed for enlightenment and immortality is no different than greed for material wealth. It is self-centered and dualistic, and thus an obstacle to true attainment. Therefore these states are never achieved by those who covet them rather, they are the reward of the virtuous.

    Some help others in order to receive blessings and admiration. This is simply meaningless. Some cultivate themselves in part to serve others, in part to serve their own pride. They will understand, at best, half of the truth. But those who improve themselves for the sake of the world to these, the whole truth of the universe will be revealed.

    The words of truth are always paradoxical.

    Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a p

    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.

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

    Once you arrive at a spontaneous awareness of the Great Oneness, remember it isn't necessary to struggle to maintain unity with it. All you have to do is participate in it.

    In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.

    For all things difficult to acquire, the intelligent man works with perseverance.

    He who talks more is sooner exhausted.

    The cleansing of spiritual contamination is accomplished by offering one's talent, resources, and life to the world.

    Distortion upon distortion ... the more one uses the mind, the more confused one becomes.

    Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.

    Creating without claiming, Doing without taking credit, Guiding without interfering, This is Primal Virtue.

    Knowing others is wisdom Knowing the self is enlightenment Mastering others requires force Mastering the self needs strength

    Does one scent appeal more than another Do you prefer this flavor, or that feeling Is your practice sacred and your work profane Then your mind is separated from itself, from oneness, from the Tao.

    Those who are highly evolved maintain an undiscriminating perception. Seeing everything, labeling nothing, they maintain their awareness of the Great Oneness. Thus they are supported by 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.

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