Lao Tzu

c.604 - 531 B.C.

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, source, and emptiness

Empty yourself of everything.
Let the mind become still.
The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return.
They grow and flourish and then return to the source.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching, trans. Gia-Fu Feng

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, constancy, stillness, and nature

Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.
The way of nature is unchanging.
Knowing constancy is insight.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching, trans. Gia-Fu Feng

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, heart, constancy, and eternal

Knowing constancy, the mind is open.
With an open mind, you will be openhearted.
Being openhearted you will act royally.
Being royal, you will attain the divine.
Being divine, you will be at one with the Tao.
Being at one with the Tao is eternal.
Though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching, trans. Gia-Fu Feng

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, self, suffering, and balance

Fame of self: Which matters more?
Self or wealth: Which is more precious?
Gain or loss: Which is more painful?

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

Source: Tao Te Ching, trans. Gia-Fu Feng

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, fullness, emptiness, and perfection

Great accomplishment seems imperfect,
Yet it does not outlive its usefulness.
Great fullness seems empty,
Yet it cannot be exhausted.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching, trans. Gia-Fu Feng

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Lao Tzu on flexibility, life, and death

The stiff and unbending is the disciple of death.
The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.
Thus an army without flexibility never wins a battle.
A tree that is unbending is easily broken.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching, trans. Gia-Fu Feng

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on knowledge, wisdom, tao, and truth

The very highest is barely known.
Then comes that which people know and love,
Then that which is feared,
Then that which is despised.
Who does not trust enough will not be trusted.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching, trans. Gia-Fu Feng

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Lao Tzu on flexibility, life, and death

The stiff and unbending is the disciple of death.
The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.
Thus an army without flexibility never wins a battle.
A tree that is unbending is easily broken.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching, trans. Gia-Fu Feng

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, fullness, emptiness, and perfection

Great accomplishment seems imperfect,
Yet it does not outlive its usefulness.
Great fullness seems empty,
Yet it cannot be exhausted.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching, trans. Gia-Fu Feng

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Lao Tzu on wealth, tao, and practice

Better stop short than fill to the brim.
Oversharpen the blade, and the edge will soon blunt.
Amass a store of gold and jade, and no one can protect it.

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

Source: Tao Te Ching, trans. Gia-Fu Feng

Contributed by: Jessica

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