62 Inspiring short quotes from Lao Tzu

 

  • When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. – Lao Tzu

 

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

 

  • Silence is a source of great strength. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Be the chief but never the lord. – Lao Tzu

 

  • The words of truth are always paradoxical. – Lao Tzu

 

  • When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you. – Lao Tzu

 

  • He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. – Lao Tzu

 

  • When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves. – Lao Tzu

 

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy. – Lao Tzu

 

  • The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth. – Lao Tzu

 

  • From caring comes courage. – Lao Tzu

 

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  • The best fighter is never angry. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. – Lao Tzu
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  • Great acts are made up of small deeds. – Lao Tzu

 

  • To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. – Lao Tzu

 

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

 

  • The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment. – Lao Tzu

 

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

 

  • He who does not trust enough, will not be trusted. – Lao Tzu

 

  • All things in the world come from being, and being comes from non being. – Lao Tzu

 

  • If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Stop thinking, and end your problems. – Lao Tzu

 

He who knows himself is enlightened. – Lao Tzu

 

  • The further one goes, the less one knows. – Lao Tzu

 

  • One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others. – Lao Tzu

 

  • A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Man’s enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself. – Lao Tzu

 

  • To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day. – Lao Tzu
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  • He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it. – Lao Tzu

 

  • The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world. – Lao Tzu

 

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

 

  • Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. – Lao Tzu

 

  • By letting go it all gets done. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides. – Lao Tzu

 

The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself. – Lao Tzu

 

  • If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. – Lao Tzu

 

  • For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Perfection is the willingness to be imperfect. – Lao Tzu

 

  • He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much. – Lao Tzu

 

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  • Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge. – Lao Tzu
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  • To understand the limitation of things, desire them. – Lao Tzu

 

  • The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Lao Tzu

 

  • I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. – Lao Tzu

 

To lead people walk behind them. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Act without expectation. – Lao Tzu

 

  • New Beginnings are often disguised as painful endings. – Lao Tzu

 

  • If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. – Lao Tzu

 

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  • There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent. – Lao Tzu

 

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

 

  • Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. – Lao Tzu

 

  • Do not look only at yourself, and you will see much. Do not justify yourself, and you will be distinguished. Do not brag, and you will have merit. Do not be prideful, and your work will endure. – Lao Tzu

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