Lao Famous Quotes & Sayings

100 Lao Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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The founders of the great world religions, Gautama Buddha, Jesus, Lao-Tzu, Mohammed, all seem to have striven for a worldwide brotherhood of man; but none of them could develop institutions which would include the enemy, the unbeliever.Geoffrey Gorer Lao Sayings By Geoffrey Gorer: The founders of the great world religions, Gautama Buddha, Jesus, Lao-Tzu, Mohammed, all seem to
It is because he is thus free from striving that therefore no one in the world is able to strive with him.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: It is because he is thus free from striving that therefore no one in the
Be simply yourself and don't compare or competeLao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Be simply yourself and don't compare or compete
He will strike the blow, but will be on his guard against being vain or boastful or arrogant in consequence of it.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: He will strike the blow, but will be on his guard against being vain or
So it is that existence and non-existence give birth the one to (the idea of) the other;Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: So it is that existence and non-existence give birth the one to (the idea of)
By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who
He who defends with love will be secure; Heaven will save him, and protect him with love.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: He who defends with love will be secure; Heaven will save him, and protect him
Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish
Fishes should not be taken from the deep; instruments for the profit of a state should not be shown to the people.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Fishes should not be taken from the deep; instruments for the profit of a state
To become learned, each day add something. To become enlightened, each day drop something.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: To become learned, each day add something. To become enlightened, each day drop something.
Racing and hunting madden our minds.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Racing and hunting madden our minds.
When things (in the vegetable world) have displayed their luxuriant growth, we see each of them return to its root.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: When things (in the vegetable world) have displayed their luxuriant growth, we see each of
Whoever knows what is enough Will be happy with his fate.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Whoever knows what is enough Will be happy with his fate.
A violent wind does not last for a whole morning; a sudden rain does not last for the whole day.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: A violent wind does not last for a whole morning; a sudden rain does not
He who devotes himself to the Tao (seeks) from day to day to diminish (his doing).Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: He who devotes himself to the Tao (seeks) from day to day to diminish (his
he who knows himself is intelligent.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: he who knows himself is intelligent.
All things in the world come from being. And being comes from non-being.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: All things in the world come from being. And being comes from non-being.
unpretentious like wood that has not been fashioned into anything;Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: unpretentious like wood that has not been fashioned into anything;
Hsiao Lao smiled weakly. "He is a foolish God... Your God does not behave in the way I would expect." I laughed suddenly, for I had thought the same many times -- how foolish God is with me, my sweet, spendthrift, profligate Lord, bestowing on me things I would not have thought myself capable of. "It may seem that way, Hsaso Lao. He is foolish in His giving and in His care for us. He has spoiled me throughout my life.Bo Caldwell Lao Sayings By Bo Caldwell: Hsiao Lao smiled weakly. "He is a foolish God... Your God does not behave in
Lao-tzu advised, "As soon as you have a thought, laugh at it," because reality is not what we think. We perceive the world through a window colored by beliefs, interpretations, and associations. We see things not as they are but as we are. The same brain that enables us to contemplate philosophy, solve math equations, and create poetry also generates a stream of static known as discursive thoughts, which seem to arise at random, bubbling up into our awareness. Such mental noise is a natural phenomenon, no more of a problem than the dreams that appear in the sleep state. Therefore, our schooling aims not to struggle with random thoughts but to transcend them in the present moment, where no thoughts exist, only awareness. Our mind's liberation awaits not in some imagined future but here and now.Dan Millman Lao Sayings By Dan Millman: Lao-tzu advised, "As soon as you have a thought, laugh at it," because reality is
Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics and you'll get ten different answers, but there's one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won't just take us. It'll take Marilyn Monroe and Lao-Tzu, Einstein, Morobuto, Buddy Holly, Aristophanes .. and all of this .. all of this was for nothing unless we go to the stars.J. Michael Straczynski Lao Sayings By J. Michael Straczynski: Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics and you'll get ten different
Thus it is that the Great man abides by what is solid, and eschews what is flimsy; dwells with the fruit and not with the flower.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Thus it is that the Great man abides by what is solid, and eschews what
Great, it passes on (in constant flow).Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Great, it passes on (in constant flow).
Thus it is said:
The path into light seems dark,
the path forward seems to go back,
the direct path seems long,
true power seems weak ...
the greatest love seems indifferent,
the greatest wisdom seems childish.
Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Thus it is said:The path into light seems dark,the path forward seems to go back,the
Existence is beyond the power of words
To define:
Terms may be used
But are none of them absolute.
In the beginning of heaven and earth there were no words,
Words came out of the womb of matter;
And whether a man dispassionately
Sees to the core of life
Or passionately
Sees the surface,
The core and the surface
Are essentially the same,
Words making them seem different
Only to express appearance.
If name be needed, wonder names them both:
From wonder into wonder
Existence opens.
Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Existence is beyond the power of wordsTo define:Terms may be usedBut are none of them
The inner is foundation of the outer
The still is master of the restless
The Sage travels all day
yet never leaves his inner treasure
Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: The inner is foundation of the outerThe still is master of the restlessThe Sage travels
It produces them and does not claim them as its own;Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: It produces them and does not claim them as its own;
Therefore the sage holds in his embrace the one thing (of humility), and manifests it to all the world.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Therefore the sage holds in his embrace the one thing (of humility), and manifests it
He does not make himself seen,
therefore he is bright;
he does not deem himself to be right,
therefore he is illustrious;
he does not brag,
therefore he has merit;
he does not boast,
therefore he lasts long.
It is only because he does not contend
that no one in the world contends with him.
(Daode jing, 22, part.)
Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: He does not make himself seen,therefore he is bright;he does not deem himself to be
With few there is attainment. With much there is confusion.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: With few there is attainment. With much there is confusion.
Mastering others is strength. Mastering oneself makes you fearless.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Mastering others is strength. Mastering oneself makes you fearless.
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 Lao Sayings By Frederick Lenz: Taoism is the way of water. The most frequent element or symbol refered to in
Because of a great love, one is courageous.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Because of a great love, one is courageous.
Stop thinking, and end your problems.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Stop thinking, and end your problems.
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions;
When beauty is defined, illusions of non-beauty manifest
When goodness is identified, badness becomes an option
Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: When beauty is defined, illusions of non-beauty manifestWhen goodness is identified, badness becomes an option
Only when the state is in disorder is there a need for patriotism.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Only when the state is in disorder is there a need for patriotism.
If you want to lead them you must place yourself behind them.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: If you want to lead them you must place yourself behind them.
He who speaks does not know; he who knows does not speakLao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: He who speaks does not know; he who knows does not speak
If you try to cut wood like a master carpenter,
you will only hurt your hand.
Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: If you try to cut wood like a master carpenter,you will only hurt your hand.
Who acts in stillness finds stillness in his life.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Who acts in stillness finds stillness in his life.
Anything great is long in making.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Anything great is long in making.
Express yourself completely. Then keep quiet. Be like the forces of nature; When it blows, there is only wind; When it rains, there is only rain; When the clouds pass, the sun shines through.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Express yourself completely. Then keep quiet. Be like the forces of nature; When it blows,
The people suffer from famine because of the multitude of taxes consumed by their superiors.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: The people suffer from famine because of the multitude of taxes consumed by their superiors.
True perfection seems imperfect,
yet it is perfectly itself.
True fullness seems empty,
yet it is fully present.
True straightness seems crooked.
True wisdom seems foolish.
True art seems artless.
Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: True perfection seems imperfect,yet it is perfectly itself.True fullness seems empty,yet it is fully present.True
Shrinking looked they like those who wade through a stream in winter;Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Shrinking looked they like those who wade through a stream in winter;
The gentle outlast the strong The obscure outlast the obvious Hence, a fish that ventures from deep water is soon snagged by a net A country that reveals its strength is soon conquered by an enemyLao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: The gentle outlast the strong The obscure outlast the obvious Hence, a fish that ventures
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 Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize
If the one did not honour his master, and the other did not rejoice in his helper, an (observer), though intelligent, might greatly err about them.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: If the one did not honour his master, and the other did not rejoice in
Every journey begins with a single step.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Every journey begins with a single step.
The wise person acts but does not take credit. Leads, but does not rule.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: The wise person acts but does not take credit. Leads, but does not rule.
It is better to leave a vessel unfilled, than to attempt to carry it when it is full.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: It is better to leave a vessel unfilled, than to attempt to carry it when
Trying to control the world?
I see you won't succeed.

The world is a spiritual vessel
And cannot be controlled.

Those who control, fail.
Those who grasp, lose.

Some go forth, some are led,
Some weep, some blow flutes
Some become strong, some superfluous,
Some oppress, some destroyed.

Therefore the Sage,
Casts off extremes,
Casts off excess,
Casts off extravagance.
Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Trying to control the world?I see you won't succeed.The world is a spiritual vesselAnd cannot
To lead people, walk beside them.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: To lead people, walk beside them.
An integral being knows without going, sees without looking, and accomplishes without doing.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: An integral being knows without going, sees without looking, and accomplishes without doing.
All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in
The tree which fills the arms grew from the tiniest sprout; the tower of nine storeys rose from a (small) heap of earth; the journey of a thousand li commenced with a single step.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: The tree which fills the arms grew from the tiniest sprout; the tower of nine
Boasting of wealth and virtue brings your demise.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Boasting of wealth and virtue brings your demise.
The hard and mighty lie beneath the ground
While the tender and weak dance on the breeze above.
Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: The hard and mighty lie beneath the groundWhile the tender and weak dance on the
Knowing how to yield is strengthLao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Knowing how to yield is strength
Lao-tzu, that master of the law of reversed effort, who declared that those who justify themselves do not convince, that to know truth one must get rid of knowledge, and that nothing is more powerful and creative than emptiness - from which men shrink.Alan W. Watts Lao Sayings By Alan W. Watts: Lao-tzu, that master of the law of reversed effort, who declared that those who justify
Become totally empty
Quiet the restlessness of the mind
Only then will you witness everything unfolding from emptiness
Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Become totally emptyQuiet the restlessness of the mindOnly then will you witness everything unfolding from
When one knows that he is his mother's child, and proceeds to guard (the qualities of) the mother that belong to him, to the end of his life he will be free from all peril.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: When one knows that he is his mother's child, and proceeds to guard (the qualities
Those who know don't talk. Those who talk don't know. Close your mouth, block off your senses, blunt your sharpness, untie your knots, soften your glare, settle your dust. This is the primal identity. Be like the Tao. It can't be approached or withdrawn from, benefited or harmed, honored or brought into disgrace. It gives itself up continually. That is why it endures.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Those who know don't talk. Those who talk don't know. Close your mouth, block off
Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning
Sloth is the natural result of unrewarded hard work among the poor, reason enough for them to be prickly.Lao She Lao Sayings By Lao She: Sloth is the natural result of unrewarded hard work among the poor, reason enough for
I dreamed I was a butterfly. I didn't know if I was a man dreaming I was a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming I was a man." Lao-TsuJohn Isaac Jones Lao Sayings By John Isaac Jones: I dreamed I was a butterfly. I didn't know if I was a man dreaming
With those who are kind
the sage is kind
With those who are not kind
the sage is also kind
because the way of Tao is kindness
Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: With those who are kindthe sage is kindWith those who are not kindthe sage is
If I were suddenly to become known, and (put into a position to) conduct (a government) according to the Great Tao, what I should be most afraid of would be a boastful display.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: If I were suddenly to become known, and (put into a position to) conduct (a
The strong wind cannot last the whole morning, the torrential rain cannot last all day. It is nature that causes these things, but even nature cannot cause them to go on forever. If nature cannot do this, then certainly man cannot do so.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: The strong wind cannot last the whole morning, the torrential rain cannot last all day.
The wise person leads by remaining in the background.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: The wise person leads by remaining in the background.
A man can achieve his own happiness only by pursuing the happiness of others, because it is only by forgetting about his own happiness that he can become happy.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: A man can achieve his own happiness only by pursuing the happiness of others, because
It is better to do one's own duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: It is better to do one's own duty, however defective it may be, than to
When a person puts on a show, trying to appear great, their mediocrity is soon exposed.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: When a person puts on a show, trying to appear great, their mediocrity is soon
That difficulty and ease produce the one (the idea of) the other;Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: That difficulty and ease produce the one (the idea of) the other;
The ego is a monkey catapulting through the jungle: fascinated by the realm of the senses it swings from one desire to the next, one conflict to the next. Let this monkey go. Let desires go. Let conflicts go. Let ideas go. Just remain in the center, watching.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: The ego is a monkey catapulting through the jungle: fascinated by the realm of the
To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know
De wijze heeft geen onwrikbare beginselen. Hij past zich aan anderen aan.
(Free translation into English: The wise man has no firm principles. He adapts to others.)
Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: De wijze heeft geen onwrikbare beginselen. Hij past zich aan anderen aan.(Free translation into English:
The stiff and unyielding are the companions of death, while the yielding and tender are the companions of life. Therefore we see that unbending armies cannot conquer, and the strongest tree feels the axe. The mighty will fall down low, but the humble will rise up.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: The stiff and unyielding are the companions of death, while the yielding and tender are
How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?
That which is meddling, touching everything,Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: That which is meddling, touching everything,
The grandest forms of active force
From Tao come, their only source.
Who can of Tao the nature tell?
Our sight it flies, our touch as well.
Eluding sight, eluding touch,
The forms of things all in it crouch;
Eluding touch, eluding sight,
There are their semblances, all right.
Profound it is, dark and obscure;
Things' essences all there endure.
Those essences the truth enfold
Of what, when seen, shall then be told.
Now it is so; 'twas so of old.
Its name--what passes not away;
So, in their beautiful array,
Things form and never know decay.
Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: The grandest forms of active forceFrom Tao come, their only source.Who can of Tao the
He who possesses virtue in abundance may be compared to an infant.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: He who possesses virtue in abundance may be compared to an infant.
When the greatness of Tao is present action arises from one's own heart When the greatness of Tao is absent action comes from the rules of "kindness" and "justice" If you need rules to be kind and just, if you act virtuous, this is a sure sign that virtue is absent Thus we see the great hypocrisy Only when the family loses its harmony do we hear of "dutiful sons" Only when the state is in chaos do we hear of "loyal ministersLao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: When the greatness of Tao is present action arises from one's own heart When the
Lao Tsu uses the anology of the tree. The old hard tree breaks and falls when the wind blows. The young tree bends and does not break. He advises us to bend and not to break.Frederick Lenz Lao Sayings By Frederick Lenz: Lao Tsu uses the anology of the tree. The old hard tree breaks and falls
The people are difficult to govern because of the (excessive) agency of their superiors (in governing them).Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: The people are difficult to govern because of the (excessive) agency of their superiors (in
Without going out-of-doors, one can know all he needs to know. Without even looking out of his window, one can grasp the nature of everything. Without going beyond his own nature, one can achieve ultimate wisdom. Therefore, the intelligent man knows all he needs to know without going away, And sees all he needs to see without looking elsewhere, And does all he needs to do wihout undue exertion.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Without going out-of-doors, one can know all he needs to know. Without even looking out
Many historians contend that Laozi actually lived in the 4th century BC, which was the period of Hundred Schools of Thought and Warring States Period, while others contend he was a mythical figure. Laozi was credited withLao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Many historians contend that Laozi actually lived in the 4th century BC, which was the
Wild winds never last all morning
and fierce rains never last all day.
Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Wild winds never last all morningand fierce rains never last all day.
Do you imagine the universe is agitated? Go into the desert at night and look at the stars. This practice should answer the question.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Do you imagine the universe is agitated? Go into the desert at night and look
Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness. All can
The simple child again, free from all stains.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: The simple child again, free from all stains.
Therefore the place of what is firm and strong is below, and that of what is soft and weak is above.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Therefore the place of what is firm and strong is below, and that of what
When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right
Earth is a divine organism
it cannot be successfully manipulated
Who attempts manipulation will encounter defeat
Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Earth is a divine organismit cannot be successfully manipulatedWho attempts manipulation will encounter defeat
This returning to their root is what we call the state of stillness; and that stillness may be called a reporting that they have fulfilled their appointed end.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: This returning to their root is what we call the state of stillness; and that
The work is done, but how no one can see;
'Tis this that makes the power not cease to be.
Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: The work is done, but how no one can see;'Tis this that makes the power
Constant action overcomes cold; being still overcomes heat.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: Constant action overcomes cold; being still overcomes heat.
Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself? LAO-TZU, Tao-te-ChingJon Kabat-Zinn Lao Sayings By Jon Kabat-Zinn: Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is
When the intelligent and animal souls are held together in one embrace, they can be kept from separating.Lao-Tzu Lao Sayings By Lao-Tzu: When the intelligent and animal souls are held together in one embrace, they can be