62 Inspiring short quotes from Lao Tzu

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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.

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

Silence is a source of great strength.

Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.

Be the chief but never the lord.

The words of truth are always paradoxical.

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

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

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

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.

The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.

From caring comes courage.

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The best fighter is never angry.

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.

Great acts are made up of small deeds.

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.

The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.

Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.

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

He who does not trust enough, will not be trusted.

All things in the world come from being, and being comes from non being.

If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.

Stop thinking, and end your problems.

He who knows himself is enlightened.

The further one goes, the less one knows.

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

A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.

Man’s enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.

To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.

Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.

The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.

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

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.

By letting go it all gets done.

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.

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

Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.

If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.

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

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

Perfection is the willingness to be imperfect.

He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.

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Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.

Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.

To understand the limitation of things, desire them.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

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

To lead people walk behind them.

Act without expectation.

New Beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

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There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.

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

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.

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.