lao tzu Quotes

Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?
tags: virtue
— 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
A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.
— Lao Tzu
Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.
— Lao Tzu
What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.
— Lao Tzu
She does not show herself, and therefore is apparent. She does not affirm herself, and therefore is acknowledged. She does not boast and therefore has merit. She does not strive and therefore is successful. It is exactly because she does not contend, that nobody can contend with her.
tags: men earth excellence strong water
— Lao Tzu
Men are born soft and supple; dead they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail.
tags: world compassion
— Lao Tzu
The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know.
— Lao Tzu
To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.
tags: happiness misery
— Lao Tzu
Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.
— Lao Tzu
If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.
tags: men wise
— Lao Tzu
By letting go it all gets done.
tags: time
— Lao Tzu
To know that you do not know is the best.To think you know when you do not is a disease.Recognizing this disease as a disease is to be free of it.
— Lao Tzu
One who is too insistent on his own views finds few to agree with him.
tags: world
— Lao Tzu
To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go
tags: sage
— Lao Tzu
When people see some things as beautiful,other things become ugly.When people see some things as good,other things become bad.
tags: sage
— Lao Tzu
If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.
tags: people
— Lao Tzu
There isa time to liveand a time to diebut never to reject the moment.
— Lao Tzu
The further one goes, the less one knows.
— Lao Tzu
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
tags: wisdom
— Lao Tzu
Silence is a source of great strength.
— Lao Tzu
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
tags: action
— Lao Tzu
There was something undifferentiated and yet complete, which existed before Heaven and Earth. Soundless and formless, it depends on nothing and does not change. It operates everywhere and is free from danger. It may be considered the mother of the universe. I do not know its name; I call it Tao.
tags: world dark knowing
— Lao Tzu
If you keep feeling a point that has been sharpened, the point cannot long preserve its sharpness.
tags: virtue
— Lao Tzu
Heaven is long-enduring, and earth continues long. The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus long is because they do not live of, or for, themselves.
— Lao Tzu
Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
— Lao Tzu
He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
— Lao Tzu
To lead people walk behind them.
— Lao Tzu
He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
tags: men earth excellence strong water
— Lao Tzu
Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere.
tags: world compassion
— Lao Tzu
If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
— Lao Tzu
To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
tags: happiness misery
— 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.
tags: wise
— Lao Tzu
He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.
tags: speech
— Lao Tzu
Failure is an opportunity. If you blame someone else, there is no end to the blame. Therefore the Master fulfills her own obligations and corrects her own mistakes. She does what she needs to do and demands nothing of others.
tags: heaven
— Lao Tzu
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.
— Lao Tzu
In order to eliminate the negative influences, simply ignore them.
— Lao Tzu
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.
tags: earth heaven
— Lao Tzu
There is no calamity greater than lightly engaging in war.
tags: peace
— Lao Tzu
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
tags: harmony
— Lao Tzu