Lao Tzu

c.604 - 531 B.C.

A Quote by Lao Tzu on future, ideas, mind, past, and truth

. . . the mind is desperate to fix the river {of events} in place: Possessed by ideas of the past, preoccupied with images of the future, it overlooks the plain truth of the moment.

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

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (21)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on constancy, creativity, perception, and taoism

When you accurately perceive the fluidity of things, you can also begin to perceive the constancy behind them: the creative, transformative, boundless, immutable Tao.

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

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (64)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on learning

He who knows others is learned.  He who knows himself is wise.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on assumptions, brothers, children, clarity, faith, friendship, honor, love, parenthood, practice, problems, responsibility, simplicity, sister, understanding, virtue, and work

Why not simply honor your parents, love your children, help your brothers and sisters, be faithful to your friends, care for your mate with devotion, complete your work cooperatively and joyfully, assume responsibility for problems, practice virtue without first demanding it of others, understand the highest truths yet retain an ordinary manner? That would be true clarity, true simplicity, true mastery.

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

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (52)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on life, present, and taoism

(The Tao) is always present and always available. . . . If you are willing to be lived by it, you will see it everywhere, even in the most ordinary things.

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

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (22)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on time and taoism

Worlds and particles, bodies and beings, time and space: All are transient expressions of the Tao.

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

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (33)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on acceptance, body, perception, truth, understanding, and universe

Simply see that you are at the center of the universe, and accept all things and beings as parts of your infinite body. When you perceive that an act done to another is done to yourself, you have understood the great truth.

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

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (42)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on admiration, blessings, improvement, order, pride, truth, understanding, universe, and world

Some help others in order to receive blessings and admiration. This is simply meaningless. Some cultivate themselves in part to serve others, in part to serve their own pride. They will understand, at best, half of the truth. But those who improve themselves for the sake of the world -- to these, the whole truth of the universe will be revealed.

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

Source: The Hua Hu Ching,

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on life, spirituality, talent, and world

{The cleansing of spiritual contamination} is accomplished by offering one's talent, resources, and life to the world.

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

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (73)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on behavior, conformity, expectation, nature, originality, reward, and service

The fourth (of the four cardinal virtues) is supportiveness: this manifests as service to others without expectation of reward. (Paraphrased: Such service is not a mere conforming to some external rule of behavior, but instead a manifestation of your original nature).

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

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (51)

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