Lao Tzu

c.604 - 531 B.C.

A Quote by Lao Tzu on mind, trying, and taoism

. . . These are notions of the mind, which is like a knife, always chipping away at the Tao, trying to render it graspable and manageable. But that which is beyond form is ungraspable, and that which is beyond knowing is unmanageable. There is, however, this consolation: She who lets go of the knife will find the Tao at her fingertips.

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

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (13)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on honor, humility, and universe

Know honor, Yet keep humility. Be the valley of the universe! Being the valley of the universe, Ever true and resourceful, Return to the state of the uncarved block.

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

Source: The Tao Te Ching, (28)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on earth

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Mask your brightness. Be at one with the dust of the earth. This is primal union.

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

Source: The Tao Te Ching, (56)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on achievement, knowledge, and sage

...The sage works without recognition. He achieves what has to be done without dwelling on it. He does not try to show his knowledge.

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

Source: The Tao Te Ching, (77)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on guidance, humility, lies, oppression, people, rules, and sage

Why is the sea king of a hundred streams? Because it lies below them... If the sage would guide the people, he must serve with humility. If he would lead them, he must follow behind. In this way when the sage rules, the people will not feel oppressed...

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

Source: The Tao Te Ching, (66)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on confusion and mind

Distortion upon distortion: . . . the more one uses the mind, the more confused one becomes.

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

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (44)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on doubt, imagination, knowledge, and truth

Don't imagine that you'll discover {the truth} by accumulating more knowledge. Knowledge creates doubt, and doubt makes you ravenous for more knowledge. You can't get full eating this way.

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

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (38)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on thinking

Dualistic thinking is a sickness.

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

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (47)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on body, confession, fashion, information, mind, religion, science, words, and taoism

I confess that there is nothing to teach: no religion, no science, no body of information which will lead your mind back to the Tao. Today I speak in this fashion, tomorrow in another, but always the Integral Way is beyond words and beyond mind.

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

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (p. 8)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on day, learning, and taoism

In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired. In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is dropped.

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

Source: The Tao Te Ching, (48)

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