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    lao tzu Quotes

    The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas. Tolerant like the sky, all-pervading like sunlight, firm like a mountain, supple like a tree in the wind, he has no destination in view and makes use of anything life happens to bring his way.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: work  path 
     
    Free from desire, you realize the mystery, caught in the desire, you see only the manifestations.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: work  leader  shares 
     
    The wise man, after learning something new, is afraid to learn anything more until he has put his first lesson into practice.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: sage  praise 
     
    A good manager is best when people barely know that he exists. Not so good when people obey and acclaim him. Worse when they despise him.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: knowing  thinking 
     
    Once upon a time a man whose ax was missing suspected his neighbor's son. The boy walked like a thief, looked like a thief and spoke like a thief. But the man found his ax while digging in the valley, and the next time he saw his neighbor's son, the boy walked, looked and spoke like any other child.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: travel 
     
    Those who seek knowledge, collect something every day. Those who seek the Way, let go of something every day.
    — Lao Tzu
    Love the whole world as if it were your self; then you will truly care for all things.
    — Lao Tzu
    If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations.If there is to be peace in the nations, There must be peace in the cities.If there is to be peace in the cities, There must be peace between neighbors.If there is to be peace between neighbors, There must be peace in the home.If there is to be peace in the home, There must be peace in the heart.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: evil  heart  world  sorrow  master  true  help  water 
     
    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
    tags: sage 
     
    The wise stand out because they see themselves as part of the Whole. They shine because they don't want to impress. They achieve great things because they don't look for recognition. Their wisdom is contained in what they are, not their opinions. They refuse to argue, so no-one argues with them.
    — Lao Tzu
    The eye with which you see God is the same eye with which God sees you; one in seeing; one in knowing; one in loving.
    — Lao Tzu
    He who knows how to be aggressive, and yet remains patient, becomes a receptacle for all of Nature's lessons.
    — Lao Tzu
    Be who you are, and go the whole way.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: world 
     
    The perfect square lacks corners.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: men  earth  heaven 
     
    There is no need to run outside for better seeing... Rather abide at the center of your being; For the more you leave it the less you learn. Search your heart and see... The way to do is to be.
    — Lao Tzu
    Be still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: self  wisdom 
     
    To see things in the seed, that is genius.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: wise 
     
    Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habit.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: speech 
     
    Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: heaven 
     
    Live simply and virtuously, true to your nature, drawing no line between what is spiritual and what is not.
    — 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
    Fame or integrity: which is more important? Money or happiness: which is more valuable? Success or failure: which is more destructive? If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. 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
    tags: earth  heaven 
     
    Why are the people starving?-Because their grain is being eaten up by the taxesThat's why they're starvingWhy are people rebellious?-Because those above them meddle in their livesThat's why they're rebelliousWhy do people regard death so lightly?-Because they are so involved with their own livingThat's why they regard death so lightlyIn the end,The treasure of life is missed by those who hold on and gained by those who let go
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: peace 
     
    Loss is not as bad as wanting more.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: harmony 
     
    See others as yourself. See families as your family. See towns as your town. See countries as your country. See worlds as your world.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: work  path 
     
    For knowledge, add something every day. For wisdom....subtract.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: work  leader  shares 
     
    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
    tags: sage  praise 
     
    The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: knowing  thinking 
     
    Make your heart like a lake, with calm, still surface, and great depths of kindness.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: travel 
     
    Open yourself to the truth, then trust in your natural responses, and everything will fall into place.
    — Lao Tzu
    Those who know do not talk. Those who talk do not know.
    — Lao Tzu
    The past has no power to stop you from being present now. Only your grievance about the past can do that. What is grievance? The baggage of old thought and emotion.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: evil  heart  world  sorrow  master  true  help  water 
     
    To become learned, each day add something. To become enlightened, each day drop something
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: sage 
     
    There is a time to go ahead and a time to stay behind. There is a time to breathe easy and time to breathe hard. There is a time to be vigorous and a time to be gentle. There is a time to gather and a time to release. Can you see things as they are And let them be all on their own?
    — Lao Tzu
    Thirty spokes meet in the hub,but the empty space between themis the essence of the wheel.Pots are formed from clay,but the empty space within itis the essence of the pot.Walls with windows and doorsform the house,but the empty space within itis the essence of the home.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: friends  wrong 
     
    Deal with the small before it becomes large.
    — Lao Tzu
    To know and not to do is not yet to know.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: sage  fail 
     
    When everyone in the world sees beauty, then ugly exists.
    — Lao Tzu
    tags: mastery  strength 
     
    At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
    — Lao Tzu
    Hold on to the ancient Way to master the present, and to learn the distant beginning.
    — Lao Tzu
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