Taoist Proverbs

A strong man masters others.

A truly wise masters himself.

Taoist Proverbs

The journey is the reward.

Taoist Proverbs

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.

Taoist Proverbs

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.

Taoist Proverbs

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

Taoist Proverbs

Give a man a fish
and you feed him for a day.
Teach him how to fish
and you feed him for a lifetime.



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

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

An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.

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

Be a spot on the ground where nothing is growing, where something might be planted, a seed, from the Absolute.

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Fill your house with gold and jade, and it can no longer be guarded.

Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.
He who is contented is rich.
He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.

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

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.

If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.

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

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, donít try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.

In motion be like water... at rest, like a mirror. Resound like the echo; be subtle, as though nonexistent.

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.

It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act also.

Just remember, when you should grab something, grab it; when you should let go, let go.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

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

One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.

People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.

Supreme sincerity evokes resonance.

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

The way you can go isn't the real way. The name you can say isn't the real name, so the unwanting soul sees what is hidden, and the ever wanting soul sees only what it wants.

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

To act sincerely with the insincere is dangerous.

To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.

To see things in the seed, that is genius.

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.

We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.
We make a vessel from a lump of clay; It is the space inside the vessel that makes it useful. ... Thus, while the tangible has advantages, It is the intangible that makes it useful.
We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.

Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.

What is in the end to be thrown down, Begins by being first set on high.

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

When you are content to be simply yourself and donít compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

When you are lacking in faith, others will be unfaithful to you.

When you stand with your two feet on the ground, you will always keep your balance.




Lao Tzu quotes: Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things.






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