Lao Tzu

c.604 - 531 B.C.

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, words, understanding, expectations, contain, ambitions, mysterious, darkness heaven, concepts, earth, ten thousand things, names, boundaries, subtle, and heart

Tao is beyond words and beyond understanding. Words may be used to speak of it, but they cannot contain it. Tao existed before words and names, before heaven and earth, before the ten thousand things. It is the unlimited father and mother of all limited things. Therefore, to see beyond boundaries to the subtle heart of things, dispense with names, with concepts, with expectations and ambitions and differences. Tao and its many manifestations arise from the same source: subtle wonder within mysterious darkness. This is the beginning of all understanding.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on wisdom, knowledge, philosophy, tao te ching, and lao tse

Being satisfied with little, you can gain much. Seeking much you will go astray. The wise heeds this precept. If it could be so with all people!

The wise trusts not only to his physical eyes — thus he can see clearly.

The wise does not think that only he is right —thus he knows the truth.

He does not seek glory — yet people respect him.

He does not seek power — yet people follow him.

He does not struggle with anyone — thus no one can vanquish him.

He does not feel pity for himself — thus he can successfully develop.

Only he who does not seek to be ahead of others is capable of living in harmony with everyone.

The wise cares about everyone, and he becomes an example to all.

He does not praise himself — yet he is respectable.

He does not elevate himself — yet he is esteemed by others.

In ancient times, people said that imperfect moves to becoming perfect. Are these words vain? No! Truly, by gaining Unity you come to Perfection!

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

Source: Lao Tse. Tao Te Ching, Pages: 16 [Vladimir Antonov trans.]

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on chanting, holy, listening, spiritual, superficialities, murmur, stream, prayer, tao, beads, sacred, oneness, breathing, and

Chanting is no more holy than listening to the murmur of a stream, counting prayer beads no more sacred than simply breathing. . . . If you wish to attain oneness with the Tao, don't get caught up in spiritual superficialities.

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

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on the tao, harmony, and planning

The Tao is unpredictable to those that live according to plans. Only those who have no agenda are in harmony with the Tao.

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

Source: The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

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A Quote by Lao Tzu


Contentment is the greatest treasure.

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

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A Quote by Lao Tzu

Those who know, do not speak. Those who speak, do not know.

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

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A Quote by Lao Tzu

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a footstep.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching no.64

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A Quote by Lao Tzu

All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.

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

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao and etermal

The Tao which you know is not the eternal Tao

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

Source: referenced from The Divine Ephiphany Part 1 in WIE

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on want, everything, give up, paradox, tao, and te ching

If you really want everything, then give up everything.

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

Contributed by: Louëlla

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