Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habit.

— Laozi

The most terrific Laozi quotes that will be huge advantage for your personal development

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


Those who are right do not argue. Those who argue are not right.


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.


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


If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself, if you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.


The wise stand out because they see themselves as part of the Whole.

They shine because they don't want to impress. They achieve great things because they don't look for recognition. Their wisdom is contained in what they are, not their opinions. They refuse to argue, so no-one argues with them.


He who knows much about others may be learned, but he who understands himself is more intelligent. He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.


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


Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.


In order to eliminate the negative influences, simply ignore them.


True words aren't eloquent; eloquent words aren't true. Wise men don't need to prove their point; men who need to prove their point aren't wise. The Master has no possessions. The more he does for others, the happier he is. The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is. The Tao nourishes by not forcing. By not dominating, the Master leads.


The leader is a teacher who succeeds without taking credit.

And, because credit is not taken, credit is received.


About Laozi

Quotes 1278 sayings
Profession Philosopher
Birthday 604 BC

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion.

These three are your greatest treasures.


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


Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.


People aren't against you; they are for themselves. The most dangerous risk of all - the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later. He who conquers others is strong, he who conquers himself is mighty.


New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.


Your own positive future begins in this moment.

All you have is right now. Every goal is possible from here.


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


If you search everywhere, yet cannot find what you are seeking, it is because what you seek is already in your possession.


Make your heart like a lake, with calm, still surface, and great depths of kindness.


The world is won by those who let it go.


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


The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.


Those who know do not talk. Those who talk do not know.


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


Stop thinking, and end your problems.


There is a time to go ahead and a time to stay behind.

There is a time to breathe easy and time to breathe hard. There is a time to be vigorous and a time to be gentle. There is a time to gather and a time to release. Can you see things as they are And let them be all on their own?


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


In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple.


True words are not pleasing. Pleasing words are not true.


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.


Hear no evil. See no evil. Speak no evil.


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


Allow your softer, more intuitive, and less dominating feminine qualities to rise to the fore, so that you're surrendering rather than dominating, receiving rather than broadcasting, loving rather than fighting.


The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.


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.


Embrace simplicity. Put others first. Desire little.


Tao loves and nourishes all things, but does not dominate it over them.


The Master observes the world, but trusts his inner vision.

He allows things to come and go. His heart is as open as the sky.


The master does his job and then stops.

He understands that the universe is forever out of control, and that trying to dominate events goes against the current of the Tao.


The Tao is told is not the Tao.


When taxes are too high, people go hungry.

When the government is too intrusive, people lose their spirit. Act for the people's benefit. Trust them; leave them alone.


Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.


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.


I am good to people who are good. I am also good to people who are not good. Because Virtue is goodness.


In the Way of Heaven, there is no partiality of love; it is always on the side of the good man.


Tao invariably takes no action, and yet there is nothing left undone.


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