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32 Tao Te Ching Quotes From The Religious Chinese Text

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Laozi, also known as Lao Tzu or Lao-Tze, is known to be the writer of the religious Chinese text, Tao Te Ching.

Tao Te Ching meaning "The Classic Way of Virtue", is the basis of the long-lost religion of Taoism (also known as 'Daoism' in Chinese), an official religion of China's Tang Dynasty in 500 BCE. Later, the religion was followed in Taiwan and is now popular in various parts of the world.

Written in Classical Chinese, the text has a controversial and debatable history for being a work by Laozi, for it has no contextual proof of historical events, places, things, or people. Tao Te Ching is brief and is one of the greatest examples of classical literature with plain philosophical and spiritual thoughts written poetically. The classical work has been translated into more than 200 languages from across the world.

The main idea of Tao Te Ching is about the true way of life in harmony and peace. It has inspired many artists and serves as a guide to how one must live in sync with the universe and all things that exist.

If you like our enlightening quotes from Tao Te Ching, you may read similar quotes on [The Tao of Pooh quotes] and soul searching quotes.
 

Quotes From The Tao Te Ching

Taoism or Daoism is both religious and philosophical. It proposes that one must adapt to whatever comes his way and accept reality. The 'Three Jewels' or 'Three Virtues' of Taoism are compassion, moderation, and humility. The first virtue is the essence of everything, which is love, or parental love. The second is simplicity, which means free from all desires. The third virtue is to live to the fullest, avoiding premature death. Find below are some sayings of Taoism.

1."The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth."

― Lao Tzu.

2."The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.”

― Lao Tzu.

3."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?”

― Lao Tzu.

4.“When goodness is lost there is morality.”

― Lao Tzu.

5.“The Wise Man is square but not sharp, honest but not malign, straight but not severe, bright but not dazzling.”

― Lao Tzu.

6."A leader is best When people barely know he exists Of a good leader, who talks little, When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, They will say, 'We did this ourselves.'"

― Lao Tzu.

7."A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving."

― Lao Tzu.

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

― Lao Tzu.

9.“What is firmly rooted cannot be pulled out.”

― Lao Tzu.

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

― Lao Tzu.

11."Next best is a leader who is loved. next, one who is feared. The worst is one who is despised."

― Lao Tzu.

Tao Te Ching Water Quotes

Words of wisdom by Lao Tzu in Tao Te Ching.

Lao Tzu explains the seven virtues of water and their connection with the way of life. Water is the true embodiment of humility, depth, kindness, integrity, unbiased nature, versatility, and going with the flow. Like water, one must be content and adapt to things according to time, without changing one's actual composition.

12.“Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.”

― Lao Tzu.

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

― Lao Tzu.

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

― Lao Tzu.

15."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.

16.“Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear.”

― Lao Tzu.

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

― Lao Tzu.

18.“Nothing in the world is softer and weaker than water But, for attacking the hard and strong, there is nothing like it!  For nothing can take its place. That the weak overcomes the strong, and the soft overcomes the hard, This is something known by all, but practiced by none.”

― Lao Tzu.

19.“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.

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

― Lao Tzu.

Tao Te Ching Quotes On Love

Quotes on true power from Tao Te Ching.

Love is the center of everything in the world, and our world begins with us. Unconditional love for oneself and others is the path to peace. The ability to give without expectations relieves one of the desires. Here are some quotes from the Tao Te Ching which explain love.

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

― Lao Tzu.

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

― Lao Tzu.

23.“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”

― Lao Tzu.

24.“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

― Lao Tzu.

25.“Stop thinking, and end your problems."

― Lao Tzu.

26.“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.”

― Lao Tzu.

27.“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.”

― Lao Tzu.

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

― Lao Tzu.

29.“Give evil nothing to oppose and it will disappear by itself.”

― Lao Tzu.

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

― Lao Tzu.

31.“How do I know the way of all things at the Beginning? By what is within me.”

― Lao Tzu.

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

― Lao Tzu.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Tao Te Ching quotes then why not take a look at Torah quotes, or spiritual growth quotes.

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