Lao Tzu Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Lao Tzu quotes, Lao Tzu sayings, and Lao Tzu proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.     

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Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.     

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The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.     

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If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away. Awaken him with your words, elevate him with your deeds, repay his injury with your kindness. Do not cast him away; cast away his wickedness.     

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

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He who does not trust enough will not be trusted.      

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Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.     

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A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.      

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

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To lead people, walk behind them.     

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

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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.     

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

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What the caterpillar calls the end the rest of the world calls a butterfly.     

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Silence is a source of Great Strength.     

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He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.     

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Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.     

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By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.     

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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.     

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From caring comes courage.      

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.     

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The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.     

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If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never 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 wor     

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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.     

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

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New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.     

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Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.     

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He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.     

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Silence is a source of great strength.     

Lao Tzu

Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.     

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