Quotes – Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu

Laozi (also Lao-Tzu or Lao-Tze) was a philosopher and poet of ancient China. He is best known as the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism, but he is also revered as a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions. Although a legendary figure, he is usually dated to around the 6th century BC and reckoned a contemporary of Confucius, but some historians contend that he actually lived during the Warring States period of the 5th or 4th century BC. A central figure in Chinese culture, Laozi is claimed by both the emperors of the Tang dynasty and modern people of the Li surname as a founder of their lineage. Throughout history, Laozi’s work has been embraced by various anti-authoritarian movements.

“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.” Lao Tzu

“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

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” Lao Tzu

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” Lao Tzu

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” Lao Tzu

“Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.” Lao Tzu

“Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.” Lao Tzu

“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.” Lao Tzu

“Silence is a source of great strength.” Lao Tzu

“The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.” Lao Tzu

“The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.” Lao Tzu