Laozi Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old laozi quotes, laozi sayings, and laozi proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Clay is moulded to make a vessel, but the utility of the vessel lies in the space where there is nothing. Thus, taking advantage of what is, we recognize the utility of what is not.     

Laozi

All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power.     

Laozi

Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.     

Laozi

Nurture the spontaneous peaceful life.     

Laozi

The fish cannot leave the deep waters. The state's weaponry should not be displayed.     

Laozi

The sage has no concern for himself, but makes the concerns of others his own.     

Laozi

Rushing into action, you fail. Trying to grasp things, you lose them. Forcing a project to completion, you ruin what was almost ripe.     

Laozi

Attain utmost emptiness. Abide in steadfast stillness.     

Laozi

When people do not dread authorities, then a greater dread descends.      

Laozi

Good walking leaves no track behind it.     

Laozi

Those who show off do not shine.     

Laozi

The more clever and cunning people are, the stranger the events will be.     

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He (the Sage) does not show off, therefore he shines.     

Laozi

Sometimes gain comes from losing, and sometimes loss comes from gaining.      

Laozi

When you stand with your two feet on the ground, you will always keep your balance.      

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All things such as grass and trees are soft and supple in life. At their death they are withered and dry.     

Laozi

An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.     

Laozi

Conclusions are ignorance arrested on the path to less ignorance.     

Laozi

Stop leaving and you will arrive, Stop searching and you will see, Stop running away and you will be found.     

Laozi

The good leader carries water for his people.     

Laozi

Good leaders reach solutions, and then stop. They do not dare to rely on force.     

Laozi

To manage your mind, know that there is nothing, and then relinquish all attachment to nothingness.     

Laozi

When family ties are disturbed, devoted children arise.     

Laozi

A good wanderer leaves no trace.     

Laozi

Pounding an edge to sharpness will not make it last.     

Laozi

Use your own light and return to the source of light. This is called practicing eternity.     

Laozi

The noble must make humility his root.     

Laozi

The subtlest of subtleties, this is the gateway to all mysteries.     

Laozi

Peace and quiet govern the world.     

Laozi

The more you know the less you understand.     

Laozi