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

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.

Here are my three treasures. Guard and keep them. The first is pity, the second frugality, the third refusal to be foremost of all things under heaven.

Heaven has no favourites; it always aids the good man.

Heaven arms with pity those whom it would not see destroyed.

He who understands others is learned. He who knows himself is wise. He who conquers others has muscular strength. He who subdues himself is strong. He who is content is wealthy. He who does not lose his soul will endure.

He who stands on tiptoe does not stand firm.

He who lightly promises will seldom keep his word.

He who is self-approving does not shine. He who boasts has no merit. He who exalts himself does not rise high.

He who is great must make humility his base. He who is high must make holiness his foundation.

He who follows the path of virtue becomes as a little child.

He does not quarrel therefore no one in the world can quarrel with him.

Great wealth implies great loss.

Great devotion requires great sacrifice.

Good words shall again you honor in the marketplace; but good deeds shall gain you friends among men.

Freedom from desire leads to inner peace.

Favor humiliates.

Failure is the foundation of success; success is the lurking-place of failure.

Do not see with your eyes, don't hear with your ears, don't think with your mind, embrace the primal one, no knowledge, no self, go with nature, participate in nature, be one with nature and a long life will come naturally.

By purifying, by cleansing, by profound intuition, one can be free from faults.

Be sparing of speech and things will come right of themselves.

Adversity and prosperity have no fixed road; they are evoked by men themselves.

Action overcomes cold; inaction overcomes heat.

Acting without design, occupying oneself without making a business of it, finding the great in what is small and the many in the few, repaying injury with kindness, effecting difficult things while they are easy, and managing great things in their beginnings: this is the method of Tao.

Act without doing; work without effort.

A simple disability does not make one a cripple.

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