Our latest collection of Lao Tzu quotes on Everyday Power Blog. Enjoy!
Lao Tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer who’s believed to be the author of the Tao Te Ching (a collection of sayings describing the principal Taoist teachings), and the father of Chinese Taoism (a philosophy that advocates living a simple life.) Also known as Laozi, Lao Tzu existed in the 6th century B.C and is considered a central figure in Chinese culture.
Although very little is known about his life, Lao Tzu’s teachings have been passed down through the centuries and have influenced many different people, regardless of culture.
In that regard, below are some amazing Lao Tzu quotes to instill his timeless wisdom and inspire you to be the best you can be.
Lao Tzu quotes on life
1.) “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
2.) “If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” – Lao Tzu
3.) “Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”- Lao Tzu
4.) “Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.” – Lao Tzu
5.) “The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.” ― Lao Tzu
6.) “Who acts in stillness finds stillness in his life.” ― Lao Tzu
8.) “Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” ― Lao Tzu
9.) “If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.” ― Lao Tzu
10.) “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” ― Lao Tzu
Lao Tzu quotes about love and happiness
12.) “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ― Lao Tzu
13.) “He who is contented is rich.” ― Lao Tzu
14.) “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.”― Lao Tzu
15.) “Love is a decision. Not an emotion.” ― Lao Tzu
16.) “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
17.) “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ― Lao Tzu
18.) “Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.” ― Lao Tzu
19.) “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.” ― Lao Tzu
20.) “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ― Lao Tzu
Lao Tzu quotes to inspire greatness
21.) “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
22.) “A man with outward courage dares to die: a man with inner courage dares to live.” ― Lao Tzu
23.) “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ― Lao Tzu
24.) “For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.” ― Lao Tzu
25.) “Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time,” is like saying, “I don’t want to.” ― Lao Tzu
26.) “At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” ― Lao Tzu
27.) “The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” ― Lao Tzu
28.) “The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” – Lao Tzu
29.) “If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.” – Lao Tzu
30.) “Surrender your self-interest. Love others as much as you love yourself. Then you can be entrusted with all things under heaven.” – Lao Tzu
Lao Tzu quotes that are full of wisdom
31.) “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
32.) “Silence is a source of great strength.” – Lao Tzu
33.) “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
34.) “Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.” ― Lao Tzu
35.) “The words of truth are always paradoxical” – Lao Tzu
36.) “Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.” – Lao Tzu
37.) “If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.” – Lao Tzu
38.) “If you want to know me look inside your heart.” – Lao Tzu
39.) “Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” – Lao Tzu
40.) “When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready… The teacher will Disappear.” – Lao Tzu
Other inspirational Lao Tzu quotes
41.) “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu
42.) “All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power.” – Lao Tzu
43.) “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small.” – Lao Tzu
44.) “It is better to do one’s own duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins.” – Lao Tzu
45.) “The best fighter is never angry.” – Lao Tzu
46.) “Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?” – Lao Tzu
47.) “Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.” – Lao Tzu
48.) “There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.” – Lao Tzu
49.) “Success is as dangerous as failure. Hope is as hollow as fear.” – Lao Tzu
50.) “To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” – Lao Tzu
Which of these Lao Tzu quotes was your favorite?
Lao Tzu is believed to have traveled halfway around the world spreading his teachings.
As we live in a world filled with conflict and uncertainty, Lao Tzu’s wisdom is perhaps in much greater need today than it ever was. Hopefully, these quotes from the legendary philosopher have helped you develop your inner strength and inspired you to be the best you can be.
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