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.


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

Lao Tzu

New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.     

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

Silence is a source of great strength.     

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.     

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

He who does not trust enough, will not be trusted.     

Lao Tzu

True humility involves opposites. The truly humble work in silence. Because they do not speak of their accomplishments, credit for them can never be taken away.     

Lao-Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

He who is contented is rich.     

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

To know when you have enough is to be rich beyond measure.     

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.     

Lao Tzu

There are many paths to enlightenment. Be sure to take one with a heart.     

Lao Tzu

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.     

Lao Tzu

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like     

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.     

Lao Tzu

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.     

Lao Tzu

A foolish man is always doing,Yet much remains to be done.     

Lao Tzu

From caring comes courage     

Lao Tzu

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.     

Lao Tzu

It is wisdom to know others; It is enlightenment to know one's self.     

Lao-Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.     

Lao Tzu

To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.     

Lao-Tzu