Lao Tzu Quotes

A list created by: Lee Sonogan

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Lao Tzu or also know as Laozi or Lao-Tze was a Chinese philosopher and writing during the time of 601 BC. He has been credited for creating the ancient tradition of philosophy and religious belief of Taoism. Lao Tzu believed in answering questions about humans and their place in the universe. Author of the Tao te ching, he created the main text of Taoist thought.

  • “If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu
  • “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. if you are at peace, you are living in the present.”  – Lao Tzu
  • “Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realise there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu
  • “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – 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
  • “To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” – Lao Tzu
  • “The heart that gives, gathers.” – Lao Tzu
  • “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Silence is a source of great strength.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Be still like a mountain, and flow like a great river.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Act without expectation.” – Lao Tzu
  • “New beginnings are disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Make your heart like a lake with a calm still surface and great depths of kindness.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Great acts are made up of small deeds.” – Lao Tzu
  • “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.” – Lao Tzu
  • “He who is contented is rich.” – Lao Tzu
  • “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu
  • A man with outward courage dares to die: a man with inner courage dares to live.” – Lao Tzu
  • “The best fighter is never angry.” – Lao Tzu
  • “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Use the light that is within you to revert to your natural clearness of sight.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Watch your thoughts, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Empty yourself of everything – let the mind become still.” – Lao Tzu

Laozi was worshipped as a god. With inspiring quotes such as the ones in this list, he made a massive impact to 6th century BCE.

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