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.


Nature does not hurry, yet everything gets accomplished.     

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

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

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.     

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

To become learned, each day add something. To become enlightened, each day drop something.     

Lao Tzu

Mastering others is strength.     

Lao Tzu

If you care too much about what other people think, you will always be their prisoner.     

Lao Tzu

If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.     

Lao Tzu

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.     

Lao Tzu

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.     

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

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

Lao Tzu

A good runner leaves no footprints.     

Lao Tzu