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Lao Tzu Quotes

Lao Tzu or Laotzi (lived around the 6th century BCE) was an ancient legendary Chinese sage and philosopher (in the Orient sages and philosophers remained the same), reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, and the founder of philosophical tradition of Taoism.

Lao Tzu Quotes

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

- Lao Tzu quote

"One cannot reflect in streaming water.  Only those who know internal peace can give it to others."

- Lao Tzu wisdom quote

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
- Lao Tzu spiritual quote


 “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.”
- Lao Tzu quotes


 “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
- Lao Tzu spiritual quote


 “Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.”
- Lao Tzu wisdom quote


 “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”
- Lao Tzu


 “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.”
- Lao Tzu


 “Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.”

- Lao Tzu


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


“The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.”


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


“The best fighter is never angry.”


“Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.”
- Lao Tzu


 “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
- Lao Tzu quote


 “A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”
- Lao Tzu spiritual quote


 “Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”
- Lao Tzu


 “If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
- Lao Tzu


 “Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. 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.”
- Lao Tzu wisdom quote


“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.”
- Lao Tzu


“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
- Lao Tzu quote

“At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.”
- Lao Tzu mystical quote


“Silence is a source of Great Strength.”
- Lao Tzu spiritual quote


“Stop thinking, and end your problems.”
- Lao Tzu wisdom quote


“Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?”
- Lao Tzu


“If you understand others you are smart.
If you understand yourself you are illuminated.
If you overcome others you are powerful.
If you overcome yourself you have strength.
If you know how to be satisfied you are rich.
If you can act with vigor, you have a will.
If you don't lose your objectives you can be long-lasting.
If you die without loss, you are eternal.”
- Lao Tzu


“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
- Lao Tzu wisdom quote

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