Category: Taoism

Lao Tzu (Taoism)

I get confused with Lao Tzu’s name. Sometimes it is written as Lao Tse; I was thinking were they one and the same. So consulted the great Wiki and here are more names for Lao Tzu:


Laozi (Chinese: 老子; pinyin: Lǎozi; Wade–Giles: Lao Tzu; also romanized as Lao Tse, Lao Tu, Lao-Tsu, Laotze, Laosi, Laocius, and other variations) was a philosopher of ancient China, best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching (often simply referred to as Laozi).[1] His association with the Tào Té Chīng has led him to be traditionally considered the founder of philosophical Taoism (pronounced as “Daoism”). He is also revered as a deity in most religious forms of Taoist philosophy, which often refers to Laozi as Taishang Laojun, or “One of the Three Pure Ones”.
– Wikipedia

Lao Tzu (Taoism)

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
– Lao Tzu

All things that have flowered return to their root. The returning to the root has a name: Quiet.
– Lao Tzu

All great things in the world start from the small … A thousand miles’ journey begins from the spot under one’s feet.
– Lao Tzu

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An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.
– Lao Tzu

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“At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.”
~Lao Tzu
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Anything that is built must rest on a foundation.
– Lao Tzu

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Be a guide and not a master. This is mysterious Virtue.
– Lao Tzu
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“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”
~Lao Tzu

tiny red heartBeing deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

– Lao Tzu

Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river.
~Lao Tzu
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“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”
~Lao Tzu 

Constant action overcomes cold; being still overcomes heat. Purity and stillness give the correct law to all under heaven.

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“Failure is an opportunity.
If you blame someone else,
there is no end to the blame.
Therefore the Master
fulfills her own obligations
and corrects her own mistakes.
She does what she needs to do
and demands nothing of others.”
~Lao Tzu

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He who takes delight in the slaughter of men cannot have his will done in the world.
– Lao Tzu

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He who conquers others is strong; who  conquers himself is mighty.
– Lao Tzu

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He who takes too many steps will not last the distance.
– Lao Tzu

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He who learns to give way is the master of strength

– Lao Tzu

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Health is the greatest possession.  Contentment is the greatest treasure.  Confidence is the greatest friend.  Non-being is the greatest joy.
– Lao Tzu

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I have three treasures;
Guard them and keep them safe:
The first is Love
The second is, Never too much.
The third is, Never be the first in the world.
Through love, one has no fear.
Through not doing too much, one has amplitude (of reserve power):
Through not presuming to be first in the world,
One can develop one’s talent and let it mature.
– Lao Tse

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.  Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.
– Lao Tzu

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“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
– Lao Tzu
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Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Don’t resist them; that only create sorrow.
Let reality be reality.
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
– Laozi

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. – Lao Tzu

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
– Lao Tzu
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Nothing in the world is softer and weaker than water. However, when attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it and no one can equal it.
– Lao Tzu
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Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.

– Laozi

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.”

~Lao Tzu

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The man who because of his own wisdom looks down on others has never won men’s hearts.
The man who in spite of his own wisdom is humble to others has never failed to win men’s hearts.
– Lao Tse
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There is no calamity greater than lavish desires.  There is no greater guilt than discontentment.  And there is no greater disaster than greed.

– Lao Tzu


To do great work, begin with the small.
– Lao Tzu
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To know when you have enough is to be rich.

  • Lao Tzu
  • The best fighter is never angry.
  • Lao Tzu

The world is ruled by letting things take their course.
– Lao Tzu

Through non-doing, nothing is left undone.  To give up everything is to gain the universe.

– Lao-Tzu

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The wise man is always ready to do good for mankind.  This is what we call following the Light.
– Lao Tzu

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
—Lao-Tze

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Take care with the end as you do with the beginning.
– Laozi

The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.
– Laozi

We turn clay ot make a vessel, but it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the vessel depends.

– Lao Tzu

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Work without demanding in return.
– Lao Tzu

When we know how to be content, we never want for anything.
– Lao Tzu

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

-Lao Tzu