Lao Tzu

c.604 - 531 B.C.

A Quote by Lao Tzu on leadership, people, and work

When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.

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

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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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A Quote by Lao Tzu on body, day, death, existence, facts, knowledge, and spirituality

Intellectual knowledge exists in and of the brain. Because the brain is part of the body, which must one day expire, this collection of facts, however large and impressive, will expire as well. {But spiritual insight transcends death.}

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

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (35)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on intelligence and wisdom

. . . Intelligence is not the same thing as wisdom.

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

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (77)

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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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