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Quotes From Chinese Taoist Philosopher: Lao Tzu

Updated on October 4, 2008

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

Kindness in giving creates love.

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

The journey of a thousand leagues begins from beneath your feet.

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.

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

The way to do is to be.

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.

He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.

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

For all things difficult to acquire, the intelligent man works with perseverance.

A good manager is best when people barely know that he exists. Not so good when people obey and acclaim him. Worse when they despise him.

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.

To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.

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

When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.

Such is the essential mystery.

Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it.

To lead the people, walk behind them.

The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, we did it ourselves.

The well-run group is not a battlefield of egos.

The Way of Heaven does not compete, and yet it skilfully achieves victory.

The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step.

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

To see things in the seed, that is genius.

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

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

Marriage is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness of sins.

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.

He who gains a victory over other men is strong; but he who gains a victory over himself is all powerful.

Fail to honor people,they fail to honor you; but of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aims fulfilled, they will all say, 'We did this ourselves.'

Because of deep love, one is courageous. Because of frugality, one is generous. Because of not daring to be ahead of the world, one becomes the leader of the world.

Arms are instruments of ill omen. When one is compelled to use them, it is best to do so without relish. There is no glory in victory, and to glorify it despite this is to exult in the killing of men. When great numbers of people are killed, one should weep over them with sorrow. When victorious in war, one should observe mourning rites.

The leader shows that style is no substitute for substance, that creating an impression is more potent than acting from one's center.

Pride attaches undue importance to the superiority of one's status in the eyes of others; and shame is fear of humiliation at one's inferior status in the estimation of others. When one sets his heart on being highly esteemed and achieves such rating, then he is automatically involved in fear of losing his status.


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  • miracles02 profile image

    miracles02 8 years ago from Canton, IL

    I have long been an admirer of Lao Tzu. Love this hub

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    oparu 9 years ago from Jamaica Plain, MA

    This hub made me a fan!

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    countrywomen 9 years ago from Washington, USA

    Great quotes. I also love quotes and have compiled about Mahatma Gandhi.

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    Rochelle Frank 9 years ago from California Gold Country

    A profoundly wise man.