Those who are right do not argue. Those who argue are not right.— Laozi
Courageous Tao Te Ching Leadership quotations
A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.
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 flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.
Be a leader by example. Be confident and humble. Love the unloved.
If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be truly fulfilled.
Those who know do not talk. Those who talk do not know.
I am good to people who are good. I am also good to people who are not good. Because Virtue is goodness.
Leadership is an action, not a position.
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.
In caring for others and serving heaven, There is nothing like using restraint.
When men lack a sense of awe, there will be disaster.
Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.
Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Yet mystery and imagination arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness ... Darkness within darkness, the gateway to all understanding.
Free from desire, you realize the mystery, caught in the desire, you see only the manifestations.
Leadership simply begins with the courage to be yourself. So everyone else can be, too.
If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.
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.
Stop trying to control. Let go of fixed plans and concepts, and the world will govern itself.
Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.
The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.
The world is ruled by letting things take their course. It cannot be ruled by interfering.
In dwelling, be close to the land. In meditation, go deep in the heart.
A group of donkeys lead by a lion can defeat a group of lions lead by a donkey.
If you want to know me, look inside your heart.
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.
Try to change it and you will ruin it. Try to hold it and you will lose it.
Leaders don't force people to follow. They invite others on a journey.
He who stands on tiptoe does not stand firm.
When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
The nameless is the beginning of Heaven and Earth. The named is the mother of all things.
A leader is someone who demonstrates what's possible.
Give evil nothing to oppose and it will disappear by itself.
To understand the limitation of things, desire them.
Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.
When people see some things as good, other things become bad.
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?
Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding.
He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.
See simplicity in the complicated. Achieve greatness in little things
Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful. Cut doors and windows for a room; It is the holes which make it useful. Therefore benefit comes from what is there; Usefulness from what is not there.
A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.