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750 Best Lao Tzu Leadership Quotes: Serve Others (2023)

1. “Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding ”


2. “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it”― Lao Tzu


3. “To lead people, walk beside them ...


4. “Those who possessed in highest degree the attributes (of the Tao) did not (seek) to show them, and therefore they possessed them (in fullest measure).”


5. “In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”


6. “Ruling a large kingdom is like cooking a small fish...”


7. “The words of truth are always paradoxical” – Lao Tzu


8. “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


9. “Let nature take its course. By letting each thing act in accordance with its own nature, everything that needs to be done gets done.”


10. “He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.”


11. “Make the earth a dwelling place. Cultivate the heart and mind. Practice benevolence. Stand by your word. Govern with equity. Serve skillfully. Act in a timely way, without contentiousness, free of blame.”


12. “Embracing Tao, you become embraced.


13. “Aquél que obtiene una victoria sobre otro hombre es fuerte, pero quien obtiene una victoria sobre sí mismo es poderoso.”


14. “the skilful speaker says nothing that can be found fault with or blamed;”


15. “De wijze heeft geen onwrikbare beginselen. Hij past zich aan anderen aan.


16. “To become learned, each day add something. To become enlightened, each day drop something.” – Lao Tzu


17. “Simplicity without a name Is free from all external aim.”


18. “Favour and disgrace would seem equally to be feared; honour and great calamity, to be regarded as personal conditions (of the same kind).”


19. “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


20. “The tree too thick to embrace


21. “Because he does not strive, no one finds it possible to strive with him.”


22. “Rather than act like the lord of the manor,


23. “If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.” – Lao Tzu


24. “To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.”


25. “He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know.”


26. “Hope and fear are both phantoms that arise from thinking of the self. When we don't see the self as self, what do we have to fear?”


27. “A good traveler leaves no tracks. Good speech lacks fault-finding.”


28. “When men lost their understanding of the Tao, intelligence came along, bringing hypocrisy with it.”


29. “When the greatness of Tao is present action arises from one’s own heart When the greatness of Tao is absent action comes from the rules of “kindness” and “justice” If you need rules to be kind and just, if you act virtuous, this is a sure sign that virtue is absent Thus we see the great hypocrisy Only when the family loses its harmony do we hear of “dutiful sons” Only when the state is in chaos do we hear of “loyal ministers”


30. “The great Tao (or way) is very level and easy; but people love the by-ways.”


31. “When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready… The teacher will Disappear.” – Lao Tzu


32. “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”


33. “The sage produces without possessing, acts without expectations, and accomplishes without abiding in her accomplishments. It is precisely because she does not abide in them that they never leave her.”


34. “The further one goes, the less one knows.”


35. “If you are untrustworthy, people will not trust you.”


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


37. “The getting that (favour) leads to the apprehension (of losing it), and the losing it leads to the fear of (still greater calamity):—this is what is meant by saying that favour and disgrace would seem equally to be feared.”


38. “(Those who) possessed in highest degree the attributes (of the Tao) did not (seek) to show them, and therefore they possessed them (in fullest measure).”


39. “Big trees grow from sprouts, tall buildings rise from mounds of earth; the loftiest heights start at your feet.”


40. “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 winning.”


41. “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.”


42. “I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any.”


43. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ― Lao Tzu


44. “Allow your life to unfold naturally Know that it too is a vessel of perfection Just as you breathe in and breathe out Sometimes you’re ahead and other times behind Sometimes you’re strong and other times weak Sometimes you’re with people and other times alone”


45. “A bad man is a good man's job”


46. “Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.” – Lao Tzu


47. “if you want to know me, look inside your heart.”


48. “Silence is a source of Great Strength.”


49. “In westerns, you meet a hardy bunch of characters. There is no jealousy on such pictures.”


50. “To understand the limitation of things, desire them.”


51. “Higher good is like water:


52. “To know and yet (think) we do not know is the highest (attainment); not to know (and yet think) we do know is a disease.”


53. “Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.”


54. “Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment”


55. “The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.”


56. “The violent and strong do not die their natural death. I will make this the basis of my teaching.”


57. “Whoever knows what is enough Will be happy with his fate.”


58. “Man’s enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.”


59. “Heaven and Earth (under its guidance) unite together and send down the sweet dew, which, without the directions of men, reaches equally everywhere as of its own accord.”


60. “Your own positive future begins in this moment. All you have is right now. Every goal is possible from here.”


61. “Those who know do not talk.


62. “The people make light of dying because of the greatness of their labours in seeking for the means of living.”


63. “Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.”


64. “A sage traveling all day


65. “It is through their not being full of themselves that they can afford to seem worn and not appear new and complete.”


66. “Who acts in stillness finds stillness in his life.” ― Lao Tzu


67. “Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.”


68. “When you accept yourself, the whole world accepts you.” – Lao Tzu


69. “If we could renounce our artful contrivances and discard our (scheming for) gain, there would be no thieves nor robbers.”


70. “La liberación del deseo conduce a la paz interior.”


71. “So the unwanting soul


72. “Do you have the patience to wait


73. “Therefore: In dwelling, choose modest quarters, in thinking, value stillness, in dealing with others, be kind, in choosing words, be sincere, in leading, be just, in working, be competent, in acting, choose the correct timing. Follow these words and there will be no error.”


74. “The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.


75. “It is better to leave a vessel unfilled, than to attempt to carry it when it is full.”― Lao Tzu


76. “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small.” – Lao Tzu


77. “To know non-knowing is optimal


78. “Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.”


79. “In the end, the treasure of life is missed by those who hold on and gained by those who let go.” – Lao Tzu


80. “All difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they were easy, and all great things from one in which they were small.”


81. “With no desire, at rest and still, All things go right as of their will.”


82. “Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.”


83. “If you show yourself, you will not be seen. If you affirm yourself, you will not shine. If you boast, you will have no merit. If you promote yourself, you will have no success.”


84. “When the great Tao is forgotten,


85. “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”


86. “When I let go of what I am


87. “Misery and fortune share a trust.


88. “Quien conoce su ignorancia revela la más profunda sabiduría.


89. “he who goes on acting with energy has a (firm) will.”


90. “Nothingness and Beingness are merely conceptions...”


91. “The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covets praise, yet cannot avoid its rewards in honors.”


92. “If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” – Lao Tzu


93. “When the Great Tao (Way or Method) ceased to be observed, benevolence and righteousness came into vogue.”


94. “There was something undifferentiated and yet complete which existed before heaven and earth


95. “The skilful traveller leaves no traces of his wheels or footsteps;”


96. “If you don’t stand sincere by your words


97. “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”


98. “If there is to be peace in the world,


99. “Failure is an opportunity.


100. “I never have really become accustomed to the ‘John.’ Nobody ever really calls me John… I’ve always been Duke or Marion or John Wayne. It’s a name that goes well together, and it’s like one word – John Wayne.”


101. “He who is in harmony with the Tao


102. “With virtue and quietness one may conquer the world.”


103. “He is free from self- display, and therefore he shines;”


104. “In the next they feared them; in the next they despised them.”


105. “The path into the light seems dark, the path forward seems to go back, the direct path seems long.”


106. “Because of a great love, one is courageous.”


107. “The ego is a monkey catapulting through the jungle: fascinated by the realm of the senses it swings from one desire to the next, one conflict to the next. Let this monkey go. Let desires go. Let conflicts go. Let ideas go. Just remain in the center, watching.”


108. “Simplicity, patience, compassion.


109. “My teachings are easy to understand


110. “Purity and stillness give the correct law to all under heaven.”


111. “One who is too insistent on his own views finds few to agree with him.” – Lao Tzu


112. “To be worn out is to be renewed.”


113. “People are mysterious entities – try to take hold of them and you will only lose them. Thus, sometimes it is better to show the way, and sometimes it is better to follow.”


114. “A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”


115. “Creating without claiming. Doing without taking credit. Guiding without interfering. This is primal virtue.”


116. “Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.”


117. “To speak little is natural. Therefore a gale does not blow a whole morning nor does a downpour last a whole day.”


118. “Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.”


119. “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”


120. “Quien conoce a los demás es inteligente. Quien se conoce a sí mismo tiene visión interna. Quien conquista a los demás tiene fuerza; quien se conquista a sí mismo es realmente poderoso.”


121. “There is no illusion greater than fear.”


122. “When I let go of who I am, I become who I might be.”


123. “Simplicity has no name is free of desires. Being free of desires it is tranquil. And the world will be at peace of it's own accord.”


124. “To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” – Lao Tzu


125. “Wasting energy to obtain rare objects only impedes one’s growth.”


126. “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.”


127. “The reason why the universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself; it gives life to others as it transforms.”


128. “Is it not because he has no personal and private ends, that therefore such ends are realised?”


129. “The best fighter is never angry.” – Lao Tzu


130. “If I had just a little bit of wisdom I should walk the great path and fear only straying from it.”― Lao Tzu


131. “The more laws and restrictions there are,


132. “What calamity is greater than no contentment,


133. “Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.” – Lao Tzu


134. “If you want to know me look inside your heart.” – Lao Tzu


135. “If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial. If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked. If you want to become full, let yourself be empty. If you want to be reborn, let yourself die. If you want to be given everything, give everything up.”


136. “To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go.”


137. “So it is that some things are increased by being diminished, and others are diminished by being increased.”


138. “Fill your bowl to the brim


139. “A good traveler has no fixed plans


140. “To know people is wisdom, but to know yourself is enlightenment. To master people takes force, but to master yourself takes strength. To know contentment is wealth, and to live with strength resolve. To never leave whatever you are is to abide, and to die without getting lost - that is to live on and on.”


141. “He who knows other men is discerning;


142. “If the people must be ever fearful of death, then there will always be an executioner.”


143. “Stop thinking, and end your problems.


144. “The way is easy stay on the path.”


145. “The way to do is to be.”


146. “The excellence of water appears in its benefiting all things, and in its occupying, without striving (to the contrary), the low place which all men dislike.”


147. “If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.” – Lao Tzu


148. “The kingdom is a spirit-like thing, and cannot be got by active doing.”


149. “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”


150. “all streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. humility gives it its power. if you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. if you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.”


151. “The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know.”


152. “The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” – Lao Tzu


153. “All the screen cowboys behaved like real gentlemen. They didn’t drink, they didn’t smoke. When they knocked the bad guy down, they always stood with their fists up, waiting for the heavy to get back on his feet. I decided I was going to drag the bad guy to his feet and keep hitting him.”


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


155. “Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere.”


156. “This returning to their root is what we call the state of stillness; and that stillness may be called a reporting that they have fulfilled their appointed end.”


157. “When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”


158. “NOT LAO TZU!!!! Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”


159. “Practice non-action.


160. “Not-knowing is true knowledge.


161. “Porque cree en sí mismo,


162. “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.”


163. “Heaven is long-enduring and earth continues long.”


164. “Heaven is long-enduring, and earth continues long. The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus long is that they do not live of, or for, themselves.”


165. “It is better to leave a vessel unfilled, than to attempt to carry it when it is full.”


166. “Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil.”


167. “Who can (make) the muddy water (clear)?”


168. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”


169. “Revere the unity of all-that-is


170. “Why is the sea king of a hundred streams?


171. “Those who understand others are intelligent


172. “Peace in Every step”


173. “He who is self-conceited has no superiority allowed to him.”


174. “Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.” – Lao Tzu


175. “Stillness and tranquility set things in order in the universe.”


176. “To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go.” – Tao Te-Ching


177. “The past has no power to stop you


178. “He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.”


179. “The people suffer from famine because of the multitude of taxes consumed by their superiors.”


180. “that (the ideas of) height and lowness arise from the contrast of the one with the other;”


181. “This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”


182. “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.”


183. “Close your mouth,


184. “Allow the heart to empty itself of all turmoil! Retrieve the utter tranquility of the mind from which you issued.


185. “he who knows himself is intelligent.”


186. “If you are depressed you are living in the past.


187. “For to be over-developed is to hasten decay, and this is against Tao, and what is against Tao will soon cease to be.”


188. “The perception of what is small is (the secret of clear- sightedness; the guarding of what is soft and tender is (the secret of) strength.”


189. “All things under heaven sprang from It as existing (and named); that existence sprang from”


190. “Some lose yet gain, others gain and yet lose.”


191. “He who knows does not speak; he who speaks does not know.”


192. “He who knows the masculine but keeps to the feminine,


193. “When there is silence one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself.”― Lao Tzu


194. “from self-boasting, and therefore his merit is acknowledged;”


195. “At the center of your being


196. “A great nation is like a great man:


197. “Whoever is planted in the Tao


198. “There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.” – Lao Tzu


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


200. “To know that you do not know is the best. To think you know when you do not is a disease. Recognizing this disease as a disease is to be free of it.” – Lao Tzu


201. “Wasting energy to obtain rare objects only impedes one’s growth.”― Lao-Tzu


202. “Have done with learning,


203. “A man should love others as himself and also their parents as his own.”


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


205. “The best of all leaders is the one who helps people so that eventually they don’t need him.”― Lao Tzu


206. “The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.”


207. “To those who are good (to me), I am good;”


208. “He who talks more is sooner exhausted.”


209. “The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.” – Lao Tzu


210. “The Master doesn't try to be powerful;


211. “The giant tree starts out as the tiniest shoot, the tallest tower starts out as a single brick, the longest journey starts with the first step.”


212. “In the highest antiquity, (the people) did not know that there were (their rulers).”


213. “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


214. “How can one know the eternal origin?


215. “from wonder into wonder


216. “Man takes his law from the Earth; the Earth takes its law from Heaven; Heaven takes its law from the Tao. The law of the Tao is its being what it is.”


217. “Do you want to improve the world?


218. “Great acts are made up of small deeds.”


219. “A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.” – Lao Tzu


220. “Thus Spoke Zarathustra (German: Also sprach Zarathustra, sometimes translated Thus Spake Zarathustra), subtitled A Book for All and None (Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen), is a written work by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885. Much of the work deals with ideas such as the "eternal recurrence of the same", the parable on the "death of God", and the "prophecy" of the Overman, which were first introduced in The Gay Science.


221. “There is no guilt greater than to sanction ambition;”


222. “When the best leader’s work is done the people say, We did it ourselves.”


223. “The Master, by residing in the Tao,


224. “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.”


225. “Emptiness appears barren


226. “Be like water.”


227. “Weapons are never the implements of good fortune, and they are to be detested. Therefore, the wise leader avoids them. Normally the wise leader values patience, but when at war he values action. Since he is opposed to the use of weapons, he uses them only when it is unavoidable, and even then with great restraint. To praise victory in war is to rejoice in the slaughter of men. The slaughter of men causes grief and sorrow to the people, therefore he who rejoices in this will not be successful. Fortune follows the restrained, misfortune follows the ambitious. Therefore victory in war should not be celebrated, but instead should be met with mourning.”


228. “Three men in ten conserve life; three men in ten pursue death. Three men also in ten desire to live, but there acts hasten their journey to the house of death. Why is this? Because of their efforts to preserve life.”


229. “Klar sieht, wer von ferne sieht, nebelhaft, wer Anteil nimmt.”


230. “Too much brightness blinds the eyes. Too much sound deafens the ears. Too much flavour ruins the tongue. Chasing desires to excess turns your mind towards madness, and valuing precious things impairs good judgment.”


231. “He who feels punctured


232. “Who acts in stillness finds stillness in his life.”


233. “It is the child that sees the primordial secret of Nature and it is the child of ourselves we return to. the child within us is simple and daring enough to live the Secret.”


234. “The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.”― Lao Tzu


235. “A person who prematurely believes that they comprehend the Tao sees only its external luster, and this is the beginning of delusion.”


236. “Love is a decision. Not an emotion.”


237. “they all know the skill of the skilful, and in doing this they have (the idea of) what the want of skill is.”


238. “Chanting is no more holy than listening to the murmur of a stream, couting prayer beads no more scared than simply breathing, religious robed no more spiritual than work clothes.”


239. “If you become whole, everything will come to you.”


240. “Empty your mind of all thoughts.


241. “Highly evolved people have their own conscience as pure law.”


242. “Is it not through her selflessness that she is able to perfect herself?”


243. “He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.”


244. “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


245. “If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.”


246. “If a country is governed with repression, the people are depressed and crafty.”


247. “Loss is not as bad as wanting more.”


248. “There is no disaster greater than not being content; There is no misfortune greater than being covetous.”


249. “But if desire always within us be,”


250. “When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready... The teacher will Disappear.”


251. “She does not show herself, and therefore is apparent. She does not affirm herself, and therefore is acknowledged. She does not boast and therefore has merit. She does not strive and therefore is successful. It is exactly because she does not contend, that nobody can contend with her.”


252. “Moved by deep love, a man is courageous.


253. “He who would so win it destroys it; he who would hold it in his grasp loses it.”


254. “Without stirring abroad, One can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window One can see the way of heaven. The further one goes, the less one knows.”


255. “What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher. What is a bad man but a good man’s job.”― Lao Tzu


256. “At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” ― Lao Tzu


257. “There was something undifferentiated and yet complete, which existed before Heaven and Earth. Soundless and formless, it depends on nothing and does not change. It operates everywhere and is free from danger. It may be considered the mother of the universe. I do not know its name; I call it Tao.”


258. “The knowledge of that unchanging rule produces a (grand) capacity and forbearance, and that capacity and forbearance lead to a community (of feeling with all things).”


259. “Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe.”


260. “Mastering others is strength. Mastering oneself makes you fearless.”


261. “The sage shuns excess, shuns grandiosity, shuns arrogance.”


262. “He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.”


263. “Would you like to save the world from the degradation and destruction it seems destined for? Then step away from shallow mass movements and quietly go to work on your own self-awareness. If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.”


264. “I was ashamed to admit I was hipped to the idea of acting. That’s why I started in with the props.”


265. “To lead people, walk behind them.”


266. “Wasting energy to obtain rare objects only impedes one's growth.”


267. “Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”- Lao Tzu


268. “An over sharpened sword cannot last long. ”


269. “When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”


270. “not to prize articles which are difficult to procure is the way to keep them from becoming thieves;”


271. “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.”


272. “Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth.This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.”


273. “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” ― Lao Tzu


274. “Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.” ― Lao Tzu


275. “We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel,


276. “The master dwells in the substantial and not in the superficial. Rests in the fruit and not in the flower.”― Lao Tzu


277. “He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty" - Lao-tsu”


278. “There is nothing in the world more soft and weak than water, and yet for attacking things that are firm and strong there is nothing that can take precedence of it;—for there is nothing (so effectual) for which it can be changed.”


279. “Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” ― Lao Tzu


280. “If you want to awaken all of humanity,


281. “When the intelligent and animal souls are held together in one embrace, they can be kept from separating.”


282. “If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. 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.”


283. “Learn from the people


284. “Do you imagine the universe is agitated? Go into the desert at night and look at the stars. This practice should answer the question.”


285. “If you want to lead them you must place yourself behind them.”


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


287. “When gold and jade fill the hall, their possessor cannot keep them safe.”


288. “The Tao is (like) the emptiness of a vessel; and in our employment of it we must be on our guard against all fulness.”


289. “Every journey begins with a single step.”― Lao Tzu


290. “The best rulers are scarcely known by their subjects;


291. “Earth is a divine organism


292. “Heaven and earth do not act from (the impulse of) any wish to be benevolent; they deal with all things as the dogs of grass are dealt with.”


293. “Just remain in the center; watching. And then forget that you are there.”


294. “that difficulty and ease produce the one (the idea of) the other;”


295. “El hombre corriente, cuando emprende una cosa, la echa a perder por tener prisa en terminarla.”


296. “Perfect tranquillity is the way of heaven and earth.”


297. “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”


298. “The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.”


299. “Someone who is too insistent in his own views finds few to agree with him.”


300. “Great, it passes on (in constant flow).”


301. “Talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much.”


302. “When one gives undivided attention to the (vital) breath, and brings it to the utmost degree of pliancy, he can become as a (tender) babe.”


303. “Libérate de la influencia de las opiniones de los demás.”


304. “We should blunt our sharp points, and unravel the complications of things; we should attemper our brightness, and bring ourselves into agreement with the obscurity of others.”


305. “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


306. “If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away. Awaken him with your words, elevate him with your deeds, repay his injury with your kindness. Do not cast him away; cast away his wickedness.”


307. “To avoid disappointment, know what is sufficient. To avoid trouble, know when to stop. If you are able to do this, you will last a long time.”


308. “The first is gentleness; the second is economy; and the third is shrinking from taking precedence of others.”


309. “Knowing how to yield is strength”


310. “The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to. It is content with the low places that people disdain. Thus it is like the Tao. In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”


311. “Get off your horse and drink your milk.”


312. “The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.”


313. “Every journey begins with a single step.”


314. “Get off your butt and join the Marines!”


315. “If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.”


316. “The gentlest thing in the world


317. “Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.” – Lao Tzu


318. “From this community of feeling comes a kingliness of character; and he who is king-like goes on to be heaven-like.”


319. “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”


320. “At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”


321. “No te empeñes en forzar las cosas, lo que es tuyo irá a ti.”


322. “Always without desire we must be found,”


323. “Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.”


324. “Racing and hunting madden our minds.”


325. “By letting go it all gets done.”


326. “Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.”


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


328. “The words of truth are always paradoxical.”


329. “The sage, while clad in homespun, conceals on his person a priceless piece of jade.”


330. “Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?”


331. “The best of all leaders is the one who helps people so that eventually they don’t need him.”


332. “not to show them what is likely to excite their desires is the way to keep their minds from disorder.”


333. “Connaître les autres, c'est sagesse.


334. “He who acts, spoils; he who grasps, lets slip.”


335. “Misery!—happiness is to be found by its side!”


336. “The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.”


337. “Surrender your self-interest. Love others as much as you love yourself. Then you can be entrusted with all things under heaven.” – Lao Tzu


338. “Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.”


339. “He who speaks does not know; he who knows does not speak”


340. “Love is a decision - not an emotion!”


341. “I was sure I’d set the world on fire, and it was hard for a young feller like me to realize the truth – that I hadn’t set the world on fire, and I was totally unprepared to handle the consequences if ‘The Big Trail’ had been a success and launched me as a star.”


342. “Some say that my teaching is nonsense.


343. “Shape clay into a vessel;


344. “The strong wind cannot last the whole morning, the torrential rain cannot last all day. It is nature that causes these things, but even nature cannot cause them to go on forever. If nature cannot do this, then certainly man cannot do so.”


345. “Those who possessed the highest (sense of) propriety were (always seeking) to show it, and when men did not respond to it, they bared the arm and marched up to them.”


346. “To see things in the seed, that is genius.”


347. “Quien conoce a los otros es sabio; quien se conoce a sí mismo es iluminado.”


348. “As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.”


349. “He who defines himself can't know who he really is.


350. “If we could renounce our sageness and discard our wisdom, it would be better for the people a hundredfold.”


351. “He who conquers other has force; he who conquers himself has strength.”


352. “Everybody that I was in school with had an uncle or father in the law, and I started to realize that I was going to end up writing briefs for about ten years for these fellows who I thought I was smarter than. And I was kind of losing my feeling for that.”


353. “In the next age they loved them and praised them.”


354. “If you want to know me look inside your heart.”


355. “Colors blind the eye


356. “It is only by this moderation that there is effected an early return (to man's normal state).”


357. “To Know others is perceptive,


358. “If you give evil nothing to oppose, then virtue will return by itself.”


359. “Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing.”


360. “Men are born soft and supple; dead they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail.”


361. “We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds


362. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”


363. “The thirty spokes unite in the one nave; but it is on the empty space (for the axle), that the use of the wheel depends.”


364. “The tree which fills the arms grew from the tiniest sprout; the tower of nine storeys rose from a (small) heap of earth; the journey of a thousand li commenced with a single step.”


365. “He who stands on tiptoe


366. “Figure out the rhythm of life and live in harmony with it.”


367. “Then appeared wisdom and shrewdness, and there ensued great hypocrisy.”


368. “To avoid disappointment, know what is sufficient. To avoid trouble, know when to stop. If you are able to do this, you will last a long time.”― Lao Tzu


369. “Anything great is long in making.”


370. “To bear and not to own; to act and not lay claim; to do the work and let it go: for just letting it go is what makes it stay.”


371. “The simple child again, free from all stains.”


372. “He who knows he has enough is rich. Perseverance is a sign of will power. He who stays where he is endures. To die but not to perish is to be eternally present.”


373. “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”


374. “If we could renounce our benevolence and discard our righteousness, the people would again become filial and kindly.”


375. “He assists in developing people but he does not presume ownership over them.”


376. “The reason why rivers and seas receive the homage of a hundred mountain streams is that they keep below them. Thus they are able to reign over all the mountain streams. so the sage, wishing to be above men, putteth himself below them; wishing to be before them, he putteth himself behind them. Thus, though his place be above men, they do not feel his weight; though his place be before them, they do not count it as an injury.”


377. “If any one should wish to get the kingdom for himself, and to effect this by what he does, I see that he will not succeed.”


378. “The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name.”


379. “Ist eine Lehre zur Satzung erstarrt, hat sie geendet.”


380. “A man who knows how little he knows is well, a man who knows how much he knows is sick. If, when you see the symptoms, you can tell, Your cure is quick.


381. “He who is contented is rich.” ― Lao Tzu


382. “With few there is attainment. With much there is confusion.”


383. “Perfection is the willingness to be imperfect.”


384. “Abstaining from speech marks him who is obeying the spontaneity of his nature. A violent wind does not last for a whole morning; a sudden rain does not last for the whole day. To whom is it that these (two) things are owing? To Heaven and Earth. If Heaven and Earth cannot make such (spasmodic) actings last long, how much less can a man!”


385. “The world belongs to those who let go.”


386. “When there is no desire, all things are at peace.” – Lao Tzu


387. “from self-complacency, and therefore he acquires superiority.”


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


389. “Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.”


390. “Therefore the sage manages affairs without doing anything, and conveys his instructions without the use of speech.”


391. “Surrender your self-interest. Love others as much as you love yourself. Then you can be entrusted with all things under heaven.”


392. “Thirty spokes converge at the hub,


393. “All things return (to their root and disappear), and do not know that it is it which presides over their doing so;—it may be named in the greatest things.”


394. “Those who would take over the earth


395. “no calamity greater than to be discontented with one's lot;”


396. “The slaying of multitudes should be mourned with sorrow. A victory should be celebrated with the funeral rite.”


397. “My folks always let me go to the movies every Saturday. We were really motion-picture goers.”


398. “When wealth and honours lead to arrogancy, this brings its evil on itself.”


399. “The stiff and unyielding are the companions of death, while the yielding and tender are the companions of life. Therefore we see that unbending armies cannot conquer, and the strongest tree feels the axe. The mighty will fall down low, but the humble will rise up.”


400. “In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.”


401. “The sage puts herself last and is first.”


402. “If you are at peace you are living in the present.”


403. “It is because he is thus free from striving that therefore no one in the world is able to strive with him.”


404. “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”


405. “So, he who displays himself does not shine;”


406. “When he has cleansed away the most mysterious sights (of his imagination), he can become without a flaw.”


407. “Тhe gentle overcomes the rigid.


408. “When there is this abstinence from action, good order is universal.”


409. “He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.”


410. “If you understand others you are smart.


411. “A man with outward courage dares to die: a man with inner courage dares to live.” ― Lao Tzu


412. “Enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.”


413. “We try to grasp it, and do not get hold of it, and we name it 'the Subtle.”


414. “I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”


415. “I suppose my best attribute if you want to call it that, is sincerity. I can sell sincerity because that’s the way I am.”


416. “The skillful speaker says nothing that can be found fault with or blamed;”


417. “As to the roaming of sages,


418. “He who overcomes others is strong;”


419. “Chase after money and security


420. “So, he who has the attributes (of the Tao) regards (only) the conditions of the engagement, while he who has not those attributes regards only the conditions favorable to himself.”


421. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ― Lao Tzu


422. “What makes me liable to great calamity is my having the body (which I call myself); if I had not the body, what great calamity could come to me?”


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


424. “An integral being knows without going, sees without looking, and accomplishes without doing.”


425. “Care about people´s approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back, the only path to serenity.”


426. “If everything isn’t black and white, I say, Why the hell not?”


427. “Go to the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Love them. Start


428. “If you keep feeling a point that has been sharpened, the point cannot long preserve its sharpness.”


429. “Manage affairs before they are in a mess.”


430. “In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.”


431. “Two names emerge from a single origin and both are called mysterious.”


432. “There are few in the world who attain to the teaching without words, and the advantage arising from non-action.”