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.


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

Lao Tzu

Be still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity.     

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

As restrictions and prohibitions are multiplied the people grow poorer and poorer. When they are subjected to overmuch government, the land is thrown into confusion.     

Lao-Tzu

Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere.      

Lao Tzu

Without stirring abroad, One can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window One can see the way of heaven. The further one goes The less one knows.     

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.     

Lao Tzu

Those who are self-righteous are not prominent.     

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.     

Lao Tzu

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

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 hard and mighty lie beneath the ground while the tender and weak dance on the breeze above.     

Lao Tzu

He who defines himself can't know who he really is. He who has power over others can't empower himself.     

Lao Tzu

Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.     

Lao Tzu

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.     

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 is in harmony with the Tao is like a newborn child. Its bones are soft, its muscles are weak, but its grip is powerful.     

Lao Tzu

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.     

Lao Tzu

The cords of passion and desire weave a binding net around you. Worldly confrontation makes you stiff and inflexible. The trap of duality is tenacious. Bound, rigid, and trapped, you cannot experience liberation.     

Lao Tzu

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.     

Lao Tzu

Simple in actions and in thoughts, you return to the source of being.      

Lao Tzu

The people are hungry. It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes.     

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 greatest conqueror wins without struggle.     

Lao Tzu

To understand the limitation of things, desire them.     

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.     

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

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

Lao Tzu