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.


Knowledge of the eternal is all-embracing. To be all-embracing leads to righteousness, which is majestic.     

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Geese are white, crows are black. No argument will change this.     

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The more sharp weapons people have in a country, the bigger the disorder will be.     

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The Way of the Sage is to act but not to compete.      

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The Sage expects no recognition for what he does; he achieves merit but does not take it to himself; he does not wish to display his worth.     

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The Sage expects no recognition for what he does; he achieves merit but does not take it to himself; he does not wish to display his worth.     

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The sage acts by doing nothing.     

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The sage avoids extremity, excess, and extravagance.     

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The sage governs by emptying senses and filling bellies.     

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The sage's Way is to act and not to contend.     

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A sage is skilled at helping people without excluding anyone.     

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The sage regards things as difficult, and thereby avoids difficulty.     

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The sage knows without traveling, perceives without looking, completes without acting.      

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The sage never strives for greatness, and can therefore accomplish greatness.      

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The sage does not attempt anything very big, and thus achieves greatness.     

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The sage attends to the belly, and not to what he sees.     

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The sage embraces the one, and is an example to the world.     

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The sage never strives for the great, and thereby the great is achieved.     

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The sage is one with the world, and lives in harmony with it.     

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

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The sage knows himself, but does not parade. He cherishes himself, but does not praise himself.      

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The sage honors his part of the settlement, but does not exact his due from others.      

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The sage does not attempt anything very big, and thus achieves greatness.     

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The sage does not act and therefore does not fail, does not seize and therefore does not lose.     

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The sage acts without taking credit. He accomplishes without dwelling on it. He does not want to display his worth.      

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The sage is sharp but does not cut, pointed but does not pierce, forthright but does not offend, bright but does not dazzle.     

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If the sage wants to stand above people, he must speak to them from below. If he wants to lead people, he must follow them from behind.     

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The highest benevolence acts without purpose.     

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When wisdom and knowledge appear, great pretense arises.     

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A good door needs no lock, still it can't be opened.     

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