Laozi Sayings and Quotes

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


Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince. 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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We go from birth to death. Three out of ten follow life. Three out of ten follow death. People who rush from birth to death are also three out of ten. Why is that so? Because they want to make too much of life.     

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

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Countless words count less than the silent balance between yin and yang.     

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All things carry yin and embrace yang. They reach harmony by blending with the vital breath.     

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Become totally empty. Quiet the restlessness of the mind. Only then will you witness everything unfolding from emptiness.     

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Why are the people rebellious? Because the rulers interfere too much. Therefore they are rebellious.     

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Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.     

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In stillness the muddied water returns to clarity.     

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The more prohibitions you have, the less virtuous people will be. The more weapons you have, the less secure people will be. The more subsidies you have, the less self reliant people will be.     

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When the uncarved wood is split, its parts are put to use. When the sage is put to use, he becomes the head.     

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Remember: if you can cease all restless activity, your integral nature will appear.     

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Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.     

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If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be truly fulfilled.     

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It is hidden but always present.     

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The Way is hidden and nameless. Still only the Way nourishes and completes.     

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Goodness in words creates trust, goodness in thinking creates depth, goodness in giving creates love.     

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The Tao is hidden, and has no name; but it is the Tao which is skilful at imparting (to all things what they need) and making them complete.     

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Embrace simplicity. Put others first. Desire little.     

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Those who die without being forgotten get longevity.     

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Being satisfied with little, you can gain much. Seeking much you will go astray. The wise heeds this precept. If it could be so with all people!     

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Whoever is capable of knowing when they have had enough will always be satisfied.     

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Excellent conquerors do not engage.     

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The liberation cannot be reached but by means of the perception of the identity of the individual spirit with the universal spirit.     

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To rejoice in conquest is to rejoice in murder.     

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The truest sayings are paradoxical.     

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Clay is molded to form a cup, But it is on its non-being that the utility of the cup depends. Doors and windows are cut out to make a room, But it is on its non-being that the utility of the room depends. Therefore turn being into advantage, and turn non-being into utility.     

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Clay is used to make vases, but it is the emptiness they contain that makes them useful.     

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Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful. Cut doors and windows for a room; It is the holes which make it useful. Therefore benefit comes from what is there; Usefulness from what is not there.     

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A vessel is formed from a lump of clay with care, however, it is the empty space within the vessel that makes it useful.     

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