Lao Tzu

c.604 - 531 B.C.

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, evil, virtue, and power

Approach the universe with Tao,
And evil will have no power.
Not that evil is not powerful,
But its power will not be used to harm others.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching [Text Only], Pages: 62

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, virtue, and greatness

It is fitting for a great nation to yield.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching [Text Only], Pages: 62

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Lao Tzu on life, tao, difficult, and act

Deal with difficult tasks while they are easy.  Act on large issues while they are small.

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

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao te ching and lao tzu

If you want to shrink something, you must first allow it to expand. If you want to get rid of something, you must first allow it to flourish. If you want to take something, you must first allow it to be given. This is called the subtler perception of the way things are. The soft overcomes the hard. The slow overcomes the fast. Let your workings remain a mystery. Just show people the results.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching

Contributed by: Interiors For Healing

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao te ching, lao tzu, wu wei wu, and effortless action

A good athlete can enter a state of body-awareness in which the right stroke or the right movement happens by itself, effortlessly, without any interference of the conscious will. This is a paradigm for non-action: the purest and most effective form of action. The game plays the game; the poem writes the poem; we can't tell the dancer from the dance. It happens when we trust the intelligence of the universe in the same way that an athlete or a dancer trusts the superior intelligence of the body.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching

Contributed by: Interiors For Healing

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao te ching, lao tzu, integral, and tao

Do you think that you can clear your mind by sitting constantly in silent meditation? This makes your mind narrow, not clear. Integral awareness is fluid and adaptable, present in all places and at all times. That is true meditation. . . . The Tao is clear and simple, and it doesn't avoid the world.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching

Contributed by: Interiors For Healing

A Quote by Lao Tzu

What we look for beyond seeing
And call the unseen,
Listen for beyond hearing
And call the unheard,
Grasp for beyond reaching
And call the withheld,
Merge beyond understanding
In a oneness
Which does not merely rise and give light,
Does not merely set and leave darkness,
But forever sends forth a succesion of living things as mysterious

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

Source: Lao Tzu - The Way Of Life

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on life, death, strong, and soft

When life begins
            we are tender and weak
When life ends
            we are stiff and rigid
All things, including the grass and trees,
          are soft and pliable in life
          and dry in brittle in death

So the soft and supple
            are the companion of life
While the stiff and unyielding
            are the companions of death

An army that cannot yield
          will be defeated
A tree that cannot bend
          will crack in the wind
Thus by Nature's own decree
           the hard and strong are defeated
           while the soft and gentle are triumphant

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

Source: Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition, Pages: 89

Contributed by: Socio

A Quote by Lao Tzu on life and humility

What honor can there be without humility?
           What heights can be reached without being low?

The pieces of a chariot are useless
             unless the work in accordance with the whole
A man's life brings nothing
             unless he lives in accordance with the whole universe
Playing one's part
          in accordance with the universe
          is true humility

So whether you're a gem in the royal court
       or a stone on the common path
If you accept your part with humility
       the glory of the universe will be yours

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

Source: Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition, Pages: 52

Contributed by: Socio

A Quote by Lao Tzu on life, starvation, death, and rebellion

Why are the people starving?-
Because their grain is being eaten up by the taxes
That's why they're starving

Why are people rebellious?-
Because those above them meddle in their lives
That's why they're rebellious

Why do people regard death so lightly?-
Because they are so involved with their own living
That's why they regard death so lightly

In the end,
The treasure of life is missed by those who hold on
    and gained by those who let go

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

Source: Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition, Pages: 88

Contributed by: Socio

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