Before we get into the 35 Lao Tzu quotes that will def change your life, you should probably know who he is, just in case you really don’t have a clue.
So many of us are familiar with great philosophers like Dalai Lama, Osho, Rumi, Buddha but who’s Lao Tzu?
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Who is Lao Tzu?
Lao Tzu, also known as Laozi, was a Chinese philosopher who founded Taoism. Some believe he’s not actually a real person and that he’s just a deity.
According to Chinese sources he flourished in the 6th century.
Whoever he was or wasn’t, one thing is clear, he was a deep and critical thinker who left behind many profound thoughts for us.
I hope these great quotes will inspire and motivate you to live a life of greatness and peace.
35 Deep Lao Tzu Quotes To Inspire You
1 When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
2 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
3 Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
7 One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.
8 He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
9 Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
10 The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
11 The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.
12 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.
13 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.
14 In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.
15 He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
16 Great acts are made up of small deeds.
16 To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
18 Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
19 If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place
20 Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.
21 Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.
22 Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
23 Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
24 Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time,” is like saying, “I don’t want to.
25 Surrender your self-interest. Love others as much as you love yourself. Then you can be entrusted with all things under heaven.
26 When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be
27 Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
28 If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.
29 When the student is ready the teacher will appear.
30 There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.
31 The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days
32 One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
33 Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.
34 New beginnings are disguised as painful endings.
35 Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.
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