Lao Tzu Quotes and Sayings

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

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. ~Lao Tzu

Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it. ~Lao Tzu

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

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

The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be. ~Lao Tzu

In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it. ~Lao Tzu

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

People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure. ~Lao Tzu

Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good. ~Lao Tzu

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

The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world. ~Lao Tzu

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~Lao Tzu

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. ~Lao Tzu

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

Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment. ~Lao Tzu

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

From wonder into wonder existence opens. ~Lao Tzu

Silence is a source of great strength. ~Lao Tzu

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy. ~Lao Tzu

How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men? ~Lao Tzu

Great acts are made up of small deeds. ~Lao Tzu

He who is contented is rich. ~Lao Tzu

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

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough. ~Lao Tzu

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

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

He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted. ~Lao Tzu

All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small. ~Lao Tzu

From caring comes courage. ~Lao Tzu

To lead people walk behind them. ~Lao Tzu

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

A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar. ~Lao Tzu

He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know. ~Lao Tzu

Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained. ~Lao Tzu

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. ~Lao Tzu

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

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

One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him. ~Lao Tzu

Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength. ~Lao Tzu

The words of truth are always paradoxical. ~Lao Tzu

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