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.


Displaying riches and titles with pride brings about one's downfall.     

Lao Tzu

Be the chief but never the lord.     

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A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.     

Lao Tzu

From wonder into wonder existence opens.     

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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.      

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There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.     

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The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.     

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Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.     

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

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A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.     

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Silence is a source of great strength.     

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The reason why the universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself; it gives life to others as it transforms.     

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The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world. Through this I know the advantage of taking no action.     

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That which offers no resistance, overcomes the hardest substances.     

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Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.     

Lao Tzu

He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know.     

Lao Tzu

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.     

Lao Tzu

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.     

Lao Tzu

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

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The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.     

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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.     

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Failure is the foundation of success: success is the lurking place of failure.     

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The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.     

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honored by all in the world, Like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest.     

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The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.     

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The sage desires no desire, does not value rare treasures, learns without learning, recovers what people have left behind.     

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The sage seeks freedom from desire. He does not collect precious things. He learns not to hold on to ideas. He brings men back to what they have lost.      

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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

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.     

Lao Tzu