Lao Tzu Quotes (85 quotations)

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1. [Advise] the ruler to govern the state as one cooks a small fish - that is, don't turn it so often in the pan that it disintegrates. - Lao Tzu

2. 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

3. A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. - Lao Tzu

4. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Lao Tzu

5. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. - Lao Tzu

6. A leader is bestWhen people barely know he exists,When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,They will say:We did it ourselves. - Lao Tzu

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

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

9. Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens. - Lao Tzu

10. An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox. - Lao Tzu

11. Arms are instruments of ill omen. . . . When one is compelled to use them, it is best to do so without relish. There is no glory in victory, and to glorify it despite this is to exult in the killing of men. . . . When great numbers of people are killed, one should weep over them with sorrow. When victorious in war, one should observe mourning rites. - Lao Tzu

12. At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since. - Lao Tzu

13. Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage. - Lao Tzu

14. Born to be wild - live to outgrow it. - Lao Tzu

15. Clay is molded to form a cup, But it is on its non-being that the utility of the cup depends. Doors and windows are cut out to make a room, But it is on its non-being that the utility of the room depends. Therefore turn being into advantage, and turn non-being into utility. - Lao Tzu

16. Conquering others takes force, conquering yourself is true strength. - Lao Tzu

17. Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. - Lao Tzu

18. First impressions are often the truest, as we find (not infrequently) to our cost, when we have been wheedled out of them by plausible professions or studied actions. A man's look is the work of years; it is stamped on his countenance by the events of his whole life, nay, more, by the hand of nature, and it is not to be got rid of easily. - Lao Tzu

19. From of old the things that have acquired unity are these: Heaven by unity has become clear; Earth by unity has become steady; The Spirit by unity has become spiritual; The Valley by unity has become full; All things by unity have come into existence. - Lao Tzu

20. From wonder into wonder existence opens. - Lao Tzu

21. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. - Lao Tzu

22. Give up your relentless moralizing, the continual pinpricks which pierce the skin of your fellows. The distinction between good and evil is the sickness of the mind. Give up your morals, and the people will regain a love of their fellows. - Lao Tzu

23. Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it. - Lao Tzu

24. Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven. - Lao Tzu

25. He who knows does not speak; He who speaks does not know. He who is truthful is not showy; He who is showy is not truthful. He who is virtuous does not dispute; He who disputes is not virtuous. He who is learned is not wise; He who is wise is not learned. Therefore the sage does not display his own merits. - Lao Tzu

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