Lao Tzu Quotes

Who is Lao Tzu?

Laozi a.k.a. Lao Tzu which means Old Master in Chinese, was an ancient Eastern philosopher and writer.

Tzu, not related to Sun Tzu, is believed to be the author of the 'Tao Te Ching'. He is hence the founder of philosophical Taoism.

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“As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honour and praise. The next, the people fear and the next, the people hate. When the best leader’s work is done, the people say 'We did it ourselves'.”

Lao Tzu

“At the center of your being, you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

Lao Tzu

“Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river.”

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“The biggest problem in the world could have been solved when it was small.”

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

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Lao Tzu

“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”

Lao Tzu

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“An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.”

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“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.”

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“Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realise there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

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

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

“He who knows he has enough is rich.”

Lao Tzu

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“He who knows others is clever; He who knows himself has discernment.”

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“He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.”

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“In the past, those who were able to regulate All-under-Heaven first had to regulate their own people; those who were able to overcome the enemy had first to overcome their own people.

The root of overcoming the people is controlling the people as the metalworker controls metal and the potter clay. When the roots are not firm, the people will be like flying birds and running animals: Who will then be able to regulate them?

The root of the people is law. Hence, those who excel at orderly rule block the people with law; then a good name and lands can be attained.”

The Book of Lord Shang


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“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

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you’re heading.”

Lao Tzu

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

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“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.”

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“Let your workings remain a mystery. Just show people the results.”

Lao Tzu

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.”

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“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”

Lao Tzu

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

Lao Tzu

“Our enemies are not demons, but human beings like ourselves.”

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“People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.”

Lao Tzu

“Stop thinking, and end your problems.”

Lao Tzu

“The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.”

Lao Tzu

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“The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.”

Lao Tzu

“The sage does not accumulate for himself. The more he uses for others, the more he has himself. The more he gives to others, the more he has himself.”

Lao Tzu

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“Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination.”


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