Lao Tzu

c.604 - 531 B.C.

A Quote by Lao Tzu on contentment, abide, wisdom, enlightenment, resolve, and live

to know people is wisdom,
but to know yourself is enlightenment.
to master people takes force,
but to master yourself takes strength.
to know contentment is wealth,
and to live with strength resolve.
to never leave whatever you are is to abide,
and to die without getting lost-
that is to live on and on.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: tao te ching

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on self, intelligence, wisdom, strength, power, and true

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on strength, mastery, and power

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on love, strength, and courage

To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on letting go, try, and world

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 (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu

He who stands on tiptoe is not steady.
He who strides cannot maintain the pace.
He who makes a show is not enlightened.
He who is self-righteous is not respected.
He who boasts achieves nothing.
He who brags will not endure.

According to followers of the Tao, "These are extra food and unnecessary luggage."

They do not bring happiness, therefore followers of the Tao avoid them.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on talk and know

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Those who know don't talk.
Those who talk don't know.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu

The ego is a monkey catapulting through the jungle:
Totally fascinated by the realm of the senses,
it swings from one desire to the next,
one conflict to the next,
one self-centered idea to the next.
If you threaten it, it actually fears for its life.

Let this monkey go.
Let the senses go. Let desires go.
Let conflicts go.
Let ideas go.
Let the fiction of life and death go.
Just remain in the center, watching.

And then forget that you are there.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Hua Hu Ching

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, living, soft, yielding, flexible, stiff, rigid, death, and overcome

The living are soft and yielding;
the dead are rigid and stiff.
Living plants are flexible and tender;
the dead are brittle and dry.

Those who are stiff and rigid
are the disciple of death.
Those who are soft and yielding
are the disciples of life.

The rigid and stiff will be broken.
The soft and yielding will overcome.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching 76

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A Quote by Lao Tzu

Not-knowing is true knowledge.
Presuming to know is a disease
First realize that you are sick;
then you can move toward health

The Master is her own physician
She has healed herself of all knowing
Thus she is truly whole

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

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