Quotation Explorer - 'Lao-Tzu'

The good man is the teacher of the bad, And the bad is the material from which the good may learn. He who does not value the teacher, Or greatly care for the material, Is greatly deluded although he may be learned. Such is the essential mystery. - Lao-Tzu
To produce things and to rear them,To produce, but not to take possession of them,To act, but not to rely on one's own ability,To lead them, but not to master them -This is called profound and secret virtue. - Lao-tzu
Manifest plainness,Embrace simplicity,Reduce selfishness,Have few desires. - Lao-tzu
When the highest type of men hear Tao,They diligently practice it.When the average type of men hear Tao,They half believe in it.When the lowest type of men hear Tao,They laugh heartily at it.Without the laugh, there is no Tao. - Lao-tzu
The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. - Lao-Tzu
He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire. - Lao-tzu
There is no calamity greater than lavish desires.There is no greater guilt than discontentment.And there is no greater disaster than greed. - Lao-tzu
Water is fluid, soft and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong. - Lao-Tzu
To have little is to possess.To have plenty is to be perplexed. - Lao-tzu
To know that you do not know is the best.To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease. - Lao-tzu
He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough. - Lao-Tzu
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Lao-tzu
Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness. - Lao-tzu
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. - Lao-Tzu
To be worn out is to be renewed. - Lao-tzu
He who knows others is wise;He who know himself is enlightened. - Lao-tzu
He who knows does not speak.He who speaks does not know. - Lao-tzu
Conquering others takes force, conquering yourself is true strength. - Lao-Tzu
When the people of the world all know beauty as beauty,There arises the recognition of ugliness.When they all know the good as good,There arises the recognition of evil. - Lao-tzu
The best [man] is like water.Water is good; it benefits all things and does not compete with them.It dwells in [lowly] places that all disdain.This is why it is so near to Tao. - Lao-tzu
The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.Through this I know the advantage of taking no action. - Lao-tzu
The more laws and order are made prominent,The more thieves and robbers there will be. - Lao-tzu
People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge. - Lao-tzu
When armies are mobilized and issues are joined,The man who is sorry over the fact will win. - Lao-tzu
The Way of Heaven is to benefit others and not to injure.The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete. - Lao-tzu
The softest things in the world to overcome the hardest things in the world. - Lao-Tzu
The journey of a thousand leagues begins from beneath your feet. - Lao-Tzu
As to the roaming of sages,They move in utter emptiness,Let their minds meander in the great nothingness;They run beyond conventionAnd go through where there is no gateway.They listen to the soundlessAnd look at the formless,They are not constrained by societyAnd not bound to its customs.- Lao-tzu - Lao Tzu
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