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.


He who has achieved this state Is unconcerned with friends and enemies, With good and harm, with honor and disgrace. This therefore is the highest state of man.     

Lao Tzu

To bear the country's disgrace is to rule the shrines of soil and grain. To bear the country's misfortunes is to be the king of the world.     

Lao Tzu

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.     

Lao Tzu

Because of deep love, one is courageous. Because of frugality, one is generous. Because of not daring to be ahead of the world, one becomes the leader of the world.     

Lao Tzu

Empty yourself of everything. / Let the mind rest at peace.     

Lao-Tzu

The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.     

Lao Tzu

Make your heart like a lake, with a calm, still surface, and great depths of kindness.     

Lao Tzu

Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things.     

Lao Tzu

A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.     

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

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

Lao Tzu

Time is a created thing. To say, ‘I don’t have time’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.     

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires.     

Lao Tzu

So the unwanting soul sees what's hidden, and the ever-wanting soul sees only what it wants.     

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.     

Lao Tzu

The person of superior integrity does not insist upon his integrity. For this reason, he has integrity. The person of inferior integrity never loses sight of his integrity. For this reason, he lacks integrity.     

Lao-Tzu

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.     

Lao Tzu

New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.     

Lao Tzu

He who prides himself upon wealth and honor hastens his own downfall.     

Lao Tzu

If the teacher is not respected and the student not cared for, confusion will arise, however clever one is.     

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

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

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

Lao tzu

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

Lao Tzu

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.      

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 higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours.     

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu