Lao Tzu, ne Li Urh, also Laotse, Lao Tse, Lao Tse, Lao Zi, Laozi, Lao Zi, La-tsze

Lao
Tzu, ne Li Urh, also Laotse, Lao Tse, Lao Tse, Lao Zi, Laozi, Lao Zi, La-tsze
c. 604 B.C.
c. 531 B.C.

Chinese Philosopher, Founder of Taoism, Author of Tao Te Ching (The Book of the Way and Its Power) and Hua Hu Ching

Author Quotes

The great revolution is stillness.

Without going out of doors, one may know the whole world, without looking out the window, one may see the way of heaven. The further one travels, the less one may know. Thus it is that without moving you shall know, without looking you shall see, without doing you shall achieve.

The difference between certainly and perhaps is not much after all.

The best soldier does not attack. The superior fighter succeeds without violence. The greatest conqueror wins without a struggle. The most successful manager leads without dictating. This is called intelligent non-aggressiveness. This is called mastery of men.

Sincere words are not grand; grand words are not sincere.

Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.

Reversion to destiny is called eternity.

Requite injury with kindness.

Principles can always be used toward evil ends, so maybe if these principles never existed, the bad person wouldn't be able to do so much harm.

Nurturing life does not aim at preserving the body but at nourishing the spirit, allowing it to live forever.

Nature is not benevolent; with ruthless indifference she makes all things serve their purposes.

Misery is but the shadow of happiness.

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.

Life is to be in relations.

Learning consists in adding one’s stock day by day. The practice of Tao consists in subtracting day by day: subtracting and yet again subtracting until one has reached inactivity.

Kindness in words creates confidence, kindness in thinking creates profoundness, kindness in giving creates love.

Just as we take advantage of what is, we should recognize the usefulness of what is not.

It’s the nothing that makes it possible... Empty of the roles, we dance with Spirit.

It is the Way of Heaven to take from those who have too much, and give to those who have too little. By the way of man is not so. He takes away from those who have too little, to add to his own superabundance.

It is the Child that sees the primordial secret in Nature and it is the child of ourselves we return to. The child within us is simple and daring enough to live the Secret.

In this world there is nothing softer or thinner than water. But to compel the hard and unyielding, it has no equal. That the weak overcomes the strong, that the hard gives way to the gentle - this everyone knows, yet no one acts accordingly.

In managing human affairs, there is no better rule than self-restraint.

If you let restlessness move you, you lose touch with who you are.

If it be the right way, advance; if it be the wrong way, retire.

I would return good for good; I would also return good for evil. I would meet trust with trust; I would likewise meet suspicion with confidence.

Author Picture
First Name
Lao
Last Name
Tzu, ne Li Urh, also Laotse, Lao Tse, Lao Tse, Lao Zi, Laozi, Lao Zi, La-tsze
Birth Date
c. 604 B.C.
Death Date
c. 531 B.C.
Bio

Chinese Philosopher, Founder of Taoism, Author of Tao Te Ching (The Book of the Way and Its Power) and Hua Hu Ching