Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habit.— Laozi
Most Powerful Taoism quotations
Those who are right do not argue. Those who argue are not right.
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.
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
If you have insight, you use your inner eye, your inner ear, to pierce to the heart of things, and have no need of intellectual knowledge.
Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
Do not struggle. Go with the flow of things, and you will find yourself at one with the mysterious unity of the Universe.
If you search everywhere, yet cannot find what you are seeking, it is because what you seek is already in your possession.
When you discard arrogance, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way, sooner or later you will discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun.
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
Among religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular Humanism and others.
Stop thinking, and end your problems.
Those who know do not talk. Those who talk do not know.
In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple.
True words are not pleasing. Pleasing words are not true.
You'd be surprised how many people violate this simple principle every day of their lives and try to fit square pegs into round holes, ignoring the clear reality that Things Are As They Are.
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.
Embrace simplicity. Put others first. Desire little.
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.
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 Tao is told is not the Tao.
Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.
Without the tao, Kindness and compassion are replaced by law and justice;
Faith and trust are supplanted by ritual and ceremony.
If you can find true contentment, it will last forever.
The Tao never acts with force, yet there is nothing that it can not do.
The Tao principle is what happens of itself.
Why is the tao so valuable? Because it is everywhere, and everyone can use it.
This is why those who seek will find, And those who reform will be forgiven; Why the good will be rewarded, And the thief who is cunning will escape.
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.
Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you've got.
See others as yourself. See families as your family. See towns as your town. See countries as your country. See worlds as your world.