Best quotes by the Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu

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

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
  • inspirational

Remember: “The Best Fighter is Never Angry."
  • calm

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.
  • care



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

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
  • generosity

New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.
  • motivational

Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.'
  • time

The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.
  • life

Deal with the big while it is still small.
  • motivational

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.
  • ataraxy

The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.
  • time

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

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
  • Confidence

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.
  • strength

Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.
  • philosophy

All things, including the grass and trees, are soft and pliable in life; dry and brittle in death.
  • life

Silence is a source of great strength.
  • wisdom

He who knows others is wise.He who knows himself is enlightened.
  • People

Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding.
  • Discovery

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
  • Kindness

If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
  • Charity

To lead people walk behind them.
  • Leadership

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.
  • Love

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
  • profound

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

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
  • wisdom

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

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
  • Satisfaction

See simplicity in the complicated.Achieve greatness in little things.
  • Perception


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Lao Tzu leadership quotes

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To lead people walk behind them.
  • Leadership

When the best leader's work is done the people say, We did it ourselves.
  • Leadership

It is the Vague and Elusive. Meet it and you will not see its head. Follow it and you will not see its back.
  • Leadership

When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves.'
  • leadership

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves.
  • Leadership

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.
  • Leadership

The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, 'We did it ourselves.'
  • Leadership

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.
  • leadership

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The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.
  • life

All things, including the grass and trees, are soft and pliable in life; dry and brittle in death.
  • life

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

Manifest plainness,Embrace simplicity,Reduce selfishness,Have few desires.
  • Life

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.
  • close

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.
  • life

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.
  • death

Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.
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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
  • inspirational

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

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

Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.
  • inspirational

Thirty spokes Share one hub. Make the nothing therein appropriate, and you will have the use of the cart.
  • beauty

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Lao Tzu wisdom quotes

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Remember: “The Best Fighter is Never Angry."
  • calm

Deal with the big while it is still small.
  • motivational

Silence is a source of great strength.
  • wisdom

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
  • wisdom

When the superior scholar hears of Tao, he diligently practises it. When the average scholar hears of Tao, he sometimes retains it, sometimes loses it. When the inferior scholar hears of Tao, he loudly laughs at it. Were it not thus ridiculed, it would not be worthy of the name of Tao.
  • Wisdom

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.
  • wisdom

He who acts, spoils; he who grasps, lets slip.
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Lao Tzu power quotes

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The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.
  • life

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.
  • strength

He who gains a victory over other men is strong; but he who gains a victory over himself is all powerful.
  • Power

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.
  • Power

Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it.
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To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
  • mind

If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be truly fulfilled.
  • fulfill

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
  • Virtue

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.
  • contentment



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

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
  • Desires

When the best leader's work is done the people say, We did it ourselves.
  • Leadership

The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
  • Victory

Empty your mind of all thoughts.
  • Loss

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

Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.
  • Happiness

He who knows he has enough is rich.
  • Wealth

He who gains a victory over other men is strong; but he who gains a victory over himself is all powerful.
  • Power

He who is contented is rich.
  • Wealth

To see things in the seed, that is genius.
  • genius

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

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

He who knows others is clever; He who knows himself has discernment.
  • Identity

Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
  • intentioned

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.
  • Attachment

For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.
  • Space

Because of a great love, one is courageous.
  • Bravery

To see things in the seed is genius.
  • Genius

The supreme excellence is not to win a hundred victories in a hundred battles. The supreme excellence is to subdue the armies of your enemies without even having to fight them.
  • Victory

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
  • begins

The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.
  • apothegm

When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
  • tao

He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk.
  • Ambition

There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And there is not greater disaster than greed.
  • Guilt

Manifest plainness,Embrace simplicity,Reduce selfishness,Have few desires.
  • Life

Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.
  • cook

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
  • accomplished

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
  • beings

The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes.
  • authority

Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it.
  • cooking

Nature is not human hearted.
  • hearted

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

How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?
  • delight

He who knows himself is enlightened.
  • enlightened

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.
  • Change

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.
  • Knowledge

It is the Vague and Elusive. Meet it and you will not see its head. Follow it and you will not see its back.
  • Leadership

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

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.
  • Power

A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
  • Safety

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

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.
  • Water

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.
  • beginning

The words of truth are always paradoxical.
  • truth

Great acts are made up of small deeds.
  • acts

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
  • enlightened

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
  • music

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

When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves.'
  • leadership

Be the chief but never the lord.
  • chief

The journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath your feet.NOTE: Other translations exist, such as:Great trees grow from the smallest shoots;a terraced garden, from a pile of earth,and a journey of a thousand milesbegins by taking the initial step.
  • Beginnings

To produce things and to rear them,To produce, but not to take possession of them,To act, but not to rely on one's own ability,To lead them, but not to master them -This is called profound and secret virtue.
  • Character

Let there be a small country with few people . . .Though neighboring communities overlook one another and the crowing of cocks and barking of dogs can be heard,Yet the people there may grow old and die without ever visiting one another.
  • Community

Don't think you can attain total awareness and whole enlightenment without proper discipline and practice. This is egomania. Appropriate rituals channel your emotions and life energy toward the light. Without the discipline to practice them, you will tumble constantly backward into darkness.
  • Discipline

People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.
  • Failure

Favor and disgrace are like fear. Favor is in a higher place, and disgrace in a lower place. When you win them you are like being in fear, and when you lose them you are also like being in fear. So favor and disgrace are like fear.
  • Fear

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.
  • Government

A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.
  • Growth

Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.
  • Intelligence

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves.
  • Leadership

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.
  • Leadership

The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, 'We did it ourselves.'
  • Leadership

The sage does not hoard. Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more; having given all he has to others, he is richer still.
  • Money

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.
  • Morals

A violent wind does not outlast the morning; a squall of rain does not outlast the day. Such is the course of Nature. And if Nature herself cannot sustain her efforts long, how much less can man!
  • Persistence

Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it.
  • Power

Without stirring abroad, one can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window one can see the way of heaven. The further one goes the less one knows.
  • Travel

Water flows humbly to the lowest level.Nothing is weaker than water,Yet for overcoming what is hard and strong,Nothing surpasses it.
  • Water

The best man is like water.Water is good; it benefits all things and does not compete with them.It dwells in lowly places that all disdain.This is why it is so near to Tao.
  • Water

When the superior scholar hears of Tao, he diligently practises it. When the average scholar hears of Tao, he sometimes retains it, sometimes loses it. When the inferior scholar hears of Tao, he loudly laughs at it. Were it not thus ridiculed, it would not be worthy of the name of Tao.
  • Wisdom

Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.
  • Words

If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.
  • another

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.
  • another

Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.
  • attained

Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.
  • actions

The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow does he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less does it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours.
  • avoid

The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.
  • act

The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honored by all in the world, Like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest.
  • career

An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.
  • ant

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.
  • leadership

Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge.
  • knowledge

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.
  • close

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

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

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.
  • life

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.
  • death

From wonder into wonder existence opens.
  • existence

If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.
  • achieve

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.
  • wisdom

Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.
  • inspirational

He who acts, spoils; he who grasps, lets slip.
  • wisdom

To lead people, walk beside them ... As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate ... When the best leader's work is done the people say, We did it ourselves!
  • lead

Thirty spokes Share one hub. Make the nothing therein appropriate, and you will have the use of the cart.
  • beauty

Stop thinking, and end your problems.
  • thinking

The more laws and restrictions there are, the poorer the people become.
  • poorer

Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.
  • strongest


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