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Lao-Tzu Quotes

Chinese Philosopher, Founder of Taoism, Author of the ''Tao Te Ching''

He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk.

Category: Ambition

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving. A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants.

Category: Arts And Artists

By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.

Category: Attachment

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them -- that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

Category: Change

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

Category: Comfort

Because of a great love, one is courageous.

Category: Courage

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

Category: Courage

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

Category: Cunning

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.

Category: Desire

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.

Category: Failure

To see things in the seed is genius.

Category: Genius

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

Category: Giving

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

Category: Giving

Of the best rulers, The people only know that they exist; the next best they love and praise the next they fear; and the next they revile. When they do not command the people's faith, some will lose faith in them, and then they resort to oaths! But of the best when their task is accomplished, their work done, the people all remark, ''We have done it ourselves.''

Category: Government

A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.

Category: Growth