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.


If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.     

Lao Tzu

Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.     

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.     

Lao Tzu

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.     

Lao Tzu

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.     

Lao Tzu

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.     

Lao Tzu

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.     

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

He who defends with love will be secure. Heaven will save him, and protect him with love.     

Lao Tzu

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.     

Lao Tzu

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.     

Lao Tzu

If lightning is the anger of the gods, then the gods are concerned mostly about trees.     

Lao Tzu

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.     

Lao Tzu

Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.     

Lao Tzu

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.     

Lao Tzu

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.     

Lao Tzu

New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.     

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.     

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.     

Lao Tzu

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.     

Lao Tzu

When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.     

Lao Tzu

Keep behind, and you shall be put in front; keep out, and you shall be kept in.     

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

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.     

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

One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.     

Lao Tzu