Daoism Sayings and Quotes

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


To Taoism that which is absolutely still or absolutely perfect is absolutely dead, for without the possibility of growth and change there can be no Tao. In reality there is nothing in the universe which is completely perfect or completely still; it is only in the minds of men that such concepts exist.     

Alan W. Watts

The hard and mighty lie beneath the ground while the tender and weak dance on the breeze above.     

Lao Tzu

He who defines himself can't know who he really is. He who has power over others can't empower himself.     

Lao Tzu

Taoists do not look upon meditation as 'practice,' except in the sense that a doctor 'practices' medicine. They have no design to subjugate or alter the universe by force or willpower, for their art is entirely to go along with the flow of things in an intelligent way.     

Alan W. Watts

Trust in human nature is acceptance of the good-and-bad of it, and it is hard to trust those who do not admit their own weakness.     

Alan W. Watts

Great power is worry, and total power is boredom, such that even God renounces it and pretends, instead, that he is people and fish and insects and plants: the myth of the king who goes wandering among his subjects in disguise.     

Alan W. Watts

Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.     

Lao Tzu

We may be floating on Tao, but there is nothing wrong with steering. If Tao is like a river, it is certainly good to know where the rocks are.     

Ming-Dao Deng

Taoism extols the virtue of flexibility. What survives on earth is what effortlessly adapts to the changing environment and changing circumstances.     

Ernie J Zelinski

Taoism shows us how to deal with life and death by realizing everything here is transitory but its substance is eternal.     

Frederick Lenz

Goodness in words creates trust, goodness in thinking creates depth, goodness in giving creates love.     

Laozi

When a not-doing comes upon you, and there is no reflection of yourself to be found, many things can and will be related back to you as knowledge, yet you have no way of knowing how you assimilated that wisdom.     

Lujan Matus

Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.     

Alan W. Watts

Lao-tze's Taoism is the exhibition of a way or method of living which men should cultivate as the highest and purest development of their nature.     

James Legge

Taoism means streching your being, becoming both a man and a woman and joining within yourself, to be the heavens themselves, to stretch your awareness beyond the breaking point until all opposites are reconciled within yourself.     

Frederick Lenz

The Tao is hidden, and has no name; but it is the Tao which is skilful at imparting (to all things what they need) and making them complete.     

Laozi

Some people think Taoism means not doing anything, just going on with your life. That has little or nothing to do with Taoism.     

Frederick Lenz

Taoism is the profoundest nonconformism that has ever been evolved anywhere in the world, at any time in history; essentially it is rebellion.     

Osho

Embrace simplicity. Put others first. Desire little.     

Laozi

All of Chinese thinking - Confucianism, Taoism, as well as Buddhism - contains the idea that in the course of life, man will shape harmoniously those psychic and physical predispositions that he received as capital assets by unifying them and giving them form from within a center.     

Richard Wilhelm

Lao Tsu found Taoism easy to reconcile withthe world of human beings, which is interesting because with all the nature imagery, one might think it was in some way antithetical to contempory life.     

Frederick Lenz

Taoism is the way of water. The most frequent element or symbol refered to in Lao Tzu's wrtings is the symbol of water.     

Frederick Lenz

Taoism has no rules. It's a suggestion for preceiving life in its wholeness, without unnessary categorization, yet enjoying the beauty of categorization.     

Frederick Lenz

The essence of Taoism is really expressed by these few words. Taoism is the way of the child, the way of the fool, the way of someone who doesn't need to be noticed.     

Frederick Lenz

Taoism is not a religion, although perhaps it has been made into one by some people. Lao Tsu's way of life occurs in any spiritual philosophy.     

Frederick Lenz

But the basic Taoism that we are concerned with here is simply a particular way of appreciating, learning from, and working with whatever happens in everyday life.     

Benjamin Hoff

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.     

Lao Tzu

Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you     

Lao Tzu

He who is in harmony with the Tao is like a newborn child. Its bones are soft, its muscles are weak, but its grip is powerful.     

Lao Tzu

Taoism is the gentle way. The path of least resistence.     

Frederick Lenz

Taoism is simply the complete acceptance of yourself as you are right in this moment.     

Sheila M. Burke

You must let what happens happen. Everything must be equal in your eyes, good and evil, beautiful and ugly, foolish and wise.     

Michael Ende

Taoism is a way of liberation, which never comes by means of revolution, since it is notorious that most revolutions establish worse tyrannies than they destroy.     

Alan Watts