135 Tao Te Ching Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Tao Te Ching Quotes (Best in 2024)

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(The Tao) is always present and always available. . . . If you are willing to be lived by it, you will see it everywhere, even in the most ordinary things. — Lao Tzu

As it acts in the world, the Tao is like the bending of a bow. The top is bent downward; the bottom is bent up. It adjusts excess and deficiency so that there is perfect balance. — Lao Tzu

To find the Tao, there is nowhere you need to search. If it is not inside you, it is not the Tao. — Confucius

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

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

The Way of Tao is this: It strives not, but conquers; It speaks not, but all is made clear; It summons not, but its house is crowded; It contrives not, but the design is perfect. — Lao Tzu

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao; the name that can be named is not the eternal name. The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth; the Named is the mother of all things. — Lao Tzu

Man takes his law from the Earth; the Earth takes its law from Heaven; Heaven takes its law from the Tao. The law of the Tao is its being what it is. — Lao Tzu

Tao is beyond words and beyond things. It is not expressed either in word or in silence. Where there is no longer word or silence Tao is apprehended. — Zhuangzi

Only the intelligent knows how to identify all things as one. . . . When one is at ease with himself, one is near Tao. This is to let Nature take its own course. — Zhuangzi

Short Tao Te Ching Quotes

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  • Those who are right do not argue. Those who argue are not right. — Lao Tzu
  • The more you know the less you talk. — A. R. Rahman
  • The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long. — Lao Tzu
  • Those who know do not talk. Those who talk do not know. — Lao Tzu
  • Stop thinking, and end your problems. — Lao Tzu
  • If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be truly fulfilled. — Lao Tzu
  • In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. — Lao Tzu
  • Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. — Lao Tzu
  • The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth. — Lao Tzu
  • In caring for others and serving heaven, There is nothing like using restraint. — Lao Tzu

Tao Te Ching Image Quotes

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Tao te ching quote by Lao Tzu

The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long. — Lao Tzu

Tao te ching quote by Lao Tzu

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

Tao Te Ching Leadership Quotes

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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. — Lao Tzu

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

When men lack a sense of awe, there will be disaster. — Lao Tzu

Yet mystery and imagination arise from the same source. This source is called darkness ... Darkness within darkness, the gateway to all understanding. — Lao Tzu

Free from desire, you realize the mystery, caught in the desire, you see only the manifestations. — Lao Tzu

If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich. — Lao Tzu

He who has achieved this state Is unconcerned with friends and enemies, With good and harm, with honor and disgrace. This therefore is the highest state of man. — Lao Tzu

Stop trying to control. Let go of fixed plans and concepts, and the world will govern itself. — Lao Tzu

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. — Lao Tzu

The world is ruled by letting things take their course. It cannot be ruled by interfering. — Lao Tzu

Tao Ching Quotes

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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. — Lao Tzu

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

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 — Lao Tzu

Knowing others is wisdom; Knowing the self is enlightenment; Mastering others requires force; Mastering the self needs strength. — Lao Tzu

Great acts are made up of small deeds. — Lao Tzu

In dwelling, be close to the land. In meditation, go deep in the heart. — Lao Tzu

If you want to know me, look inside your heart. — Lao Tzu

The Master's power is like this. He lets all things come and go effortlessly, without desire. He never expects results; thus he is never disappointed. He is never disappointed; thus his spirit never grows old. — Lao Tzu

If you want to become full, let yourself be empty. — Lao Tzu

When nothing is done, nothing is left undone. — Lao Tzu

Book Of Tao Quotes

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

A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants. — Lao Tzu

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving. A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants. A good scientist has freed himself of concepts and keeps his mind open to what is. — Lao Tzu

Can you step back from your own mind and thus understand all things? — Lao Tzu

When there is no desire, all things are at peace — Lao Tzu

When people see some things as good, other things become bad. — Lao Tzu

The more you know the less you understand. — Lao Tzu

Give evil nothing to oppose and it will disappear by itself. — Lao Tzu

Free from desire, you realize the mystery. — Lao Tzu

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 Wisdom Quotes

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

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. — Mao Zedong

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment. — Lao Tzu

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. — Lao Tzu

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

"What's that?" the Unbeliever asked. "Wisdom from the Western Taoist," I said. "It sounds like something from Winnie-the-Pooh," he said. "It is," I said. "That's not about Taoism," he said. "Oh, yes it is," I said. — Benjamin Hoff

Try to change it and you will ruin it. Try to hold it and you will lose it. — Lao Tzu

He who stands on tiptoe does not stand firm. — Lao Tzu

A clever mind is not a heart. Knowledge doesn't really care, wisdom does. — Benjamin Hoff

Heaven is in everything: follow the light, hide in the cloudiness and begin in what is. Do this and your understanding will be like not understanding and your wisdom will be like not being wise. By not being wise you will become wise later. — Zhuangzi

Taoist Quotes

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In ancient China, the Taoists taught that a constant inner smile, a smile to oneself, insured health, happiness and longevity. Why? Smiling to yourself is like basking in love: you become your own best friend. Living with an inner smile is to live in harmony with yourself. — Mantak Chia

Taoist philosophy is essentially monistic. Matter and energy, Yang and Yin, heaven and earth, are conceived of as essentially one or as two coexistent poles of one indivisible whole. — Bruce Lee

I just wanna build momentum again. Keeping yourself in work is one thing, keeping yourself in good work's another. But if it doesn't work out, so be it. As the Taoists say, Learn to accept that which you cannot change. — Ian Hart

Through working in harmony with life's circumstances, Taoist understanding changes what others may percieve as negative into something positive. — Benjamin Hoff

As any old Taoist walking out of the woods can tell you, simple-minded does not necessarily mean stupid. — Benjamin Hoff

From the Taoist point of view, the natural result of this harmonious way of living is happiness. — Benjamin Hoff

If you're looking for a place to rest Cold Mountain is good for a long stay The breeze blowing through the dark pines Sounds better the closer you come And under the trees a white haired man Mumbles over his Taoist texts Ten years now he hasn't gone home He's even forgotten the road he came by — Hanshan

In stark contrast with the views of the Greek philosophers and with those of the rest of western intellectuals to the present day, Chinese Taoist thought always defended individual liberty and laissez-faire while attacking the systematic and coercive use of violence typical of government. — Jesus Huerta de Soto

In Taoist philosophy, 'yin' is the feminine principle, representing the forces of earth, while 'yang' is the masculine principle, representing spirit. — Marianne Williamson

There is one God. The Jews and the Christians have no monopoly on God. I'm speaking about the same God the Hindus talk about, the same God the Muslims talk about, the same God that the Taoists and the Confucians talk about. — Marianne Williamson

Lao Tzu Quotes

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Sometimes I find myself thinking, rather wistfully, about Lao Tzu's famous dictum: 'Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish.' All around me I see something very different, let us say - a number of angry dwarfs trying to grill a whale. — William Carlos Williams

No one asks you to throw Mozart out of the window. Keep Mozart. Cherish him. Keep Moses too, and Buddha and Lao Tzu and Christ. Keep them in your heart. But make room for the others, the coming ones, the ones who are already scratching on the window-panes. — Henry Miller

If you care too much about what other people think, you will always be their prisoner. Lao Tzu — Avan Jogia

I have to create a circle of reading for myself: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Pascal, The New Testament. This is also necessary for all people. — Leo Tolstoy

The founders of the great world religions, Gautama Buddha, Jesus, Lao-Tzu, Mohammed, all seem to have striven for a worldwide brotherhood of man; but none of them could develop institutions which would include the enemy, the unbeliever. — Geoffrey Gorer

The mind always wants to choose. The mind lives through choice. If you don't choose the mind drops. This is the way of Lao Tzu. How to drop the mind? - don't choose! That's why he never prescribes any meditation, because then there is no need for any meditation. — Osho

[The Master] doesn't glitter like a jewel... [but is] as rugged and common as a stone. — Lao Tzu

Taoism is the way of water. The most frequent element or symbol refered to in Lao Tzu's wrtings is the symbol of water. — Frederick Lenz

Confucius is like the Torah, rules to follow. And Lao-Tzu is even more conservative, saying that if you do nothing you won't break any rules. You have to let tradition fall sometime, you have to take action, you have to eat bacon. — Christopher Moore

I was inspired to spend an entire year - my 65th year - reading, researching, and meditating on Lao-tzu's messages, practicing them and ultimately writing down these insights as I felt Lao-tzu wanted us to know them. — Wayne Dyer

Chinese Proverb Quotes

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If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else. — Confucius

A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion. — Grantland Rice

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever. — Mark Twain

According to the ancient Chinese proverb, A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. — John F. Kennedy

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With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes satin. — Maltbie Davenport Babcock

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Watch your step. — Thomas S. Monson

Teachers open the door ... you enter by yourself. — Confucius

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name. — Confucius

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Leave the dude alone and he'll figure it out. — Louis C. K.

The most difficult battles in life are those we fight within. - Old Chinese Proverb — Cam'ron

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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. — Lao Tzu

He who stands on tiptoe doesn't stand firm. He who rushes ahead doesn't go far. He who tries to shine dims his own light. He who defines himself can't know who he really is. He who has power over others can't empower himself. He who clings to his work will create nothing that endures. — Lao Tzu

If you are at peace, you are living in the present. — Lao Tzu

The nameless is the beginning of Heaven and Earth. The named is the mother of all things. — Lao Tzu

To understand the limitation of things, desire them. — Lao Tzu

If you want to be given everything, give everything up. — Lao Tzu

Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding. — Lao Tzu

Close your mouth, block off your senses, blunt your sharpness, untie your knots, soften your glare, settle your dust. This is the primal identity. — Lao Tzu

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