35 Best Laozi Quotes

35 Best Laozi Quotes

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Laozi was an ancient Chinese philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty. He is most famously known for his work, Tao Te Ching, as well as being the founder of Taoism. He is still considered a deity. His work is most often embraced by anti-authority movements.

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

“A journey of a thousand miles started with a first step.”

“A violent wind does not last for a whole morning.”

“All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.”

“Free from desire, you realize the mystery.”

“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”

“He who is contented is rich.”

“He who knows other men is discerning; he who knows himself is intelligent.”

“He who knows others is wise; He who know himself is enlightened.”

“He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.”

“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”

“It is hidden but always present.”

“It is the Vague and Elusive. Meet it and you will not see its head. Follow it and you will not see its back.”

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

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

“Non-existence is called the antecedent of heaven and earth; Existence is the mother of all things.”

“People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge.”

“Scholars of the highest class, when they hear about the Tao.”

“Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.”

“Simplicity, Patience, Compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.”

“Since before time and space were, the Tao is. It is beyond is and is not.”

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

“The name that can be named is not the eternal name.”

“The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.”

“The Tao that can be expressed is not the eternal Tao; The name that can be defined is not the unchanging name.”

“The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.”

“The universe is deathless; Is deathless because, having no finite self, it stays infinite. A sound man by not advancing himself stays the further ahead of himself, By not confining himself
to himself sustains himself outside himself: By never being an end in himself he endlessly becomes himself.”

“The Way of Heaven is to benefit others and not to injure.”

“To be worn out is to be renewed.”

“To lead people walk behind them.”

“To see things in the seed is genius.”

“When armies are mobilized and issues are joined, The man who is sorry over the fact will win.”

“When men lack a sense of awe, there will be disaster.”

“When the best leader’s work is done the people say, We did it ourselves.”

“Yet mystery and reality emerge from the same source.”