Lao Tzu quotes

Memorable quotes, proverbs, sayings from the great chinese thinker and philosopher

The founder of the philosophical system known as Chinese Taoism, Lao Tzu was a prominent Chinese philosopher who is believed to have lived in the 6th Century BC. He is the author of the Tao-Te-Ching, which is translated as ‘The Way of Virtue,’ and is a much-loved and appreciated guide on how to live a simple yet meaningful life while adhering to traditional Chinese values and principles. In the work of Lao Tzu and fellow Taoists like Confucius, we can find timeless wisdom and some of the secrets to living a meaningful and peaceful life.

One thing that is greatly appreciated about Lao Tzu and his Taoist philosophy is its applicability in many cultures and traditions across the world. Taoism is neither a religion nor a political system and is simply an approach that individuals can seek to follow in their everyday lives to seek more balance and be more mindful of the world around them.

The non-aggressive principles of Taoism advocate humility and encourage people to be more considerate of the other people and animals that they share the world with. As such, the works of Lao Tzu and other Taoist authors from centuries past are extremely quotable, and many people find solace and inspiration from their simple yet transformative words.

Lao Tzu quotes
  • When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. - Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu quotes

  • Who acts in stillness finds stillness in his life.

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

  • Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment

  • Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.

  • Stop thinking, and end your problems.

  • If you do not value rare treasures, you will stop others from stealing.

  • The best fighter is never angry.

  • Love is a decision - not an emotion!

  • 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.

  • Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.

  • The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

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

  • A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

  • Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

  • Empty yourself of everything – let the mind become still.

  • The ten thousand things flourish and then each return to the root from which it came. Returning to the root is stillness. Through stillness, each fulfils its destiny.

  • Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.

  • He, who tries to shine, dims his own light.

  • Remind yourself daily, there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.