Laozi

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Laozi
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Laozi (also romanized as Lao Tse, Lao Tu, Lao-Tsu, Laotze, Laosi, Laocius, and other variations) (fl. 6th century BCE) was a philosopher of ancient China, best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching (often simply referred to as Laozi). His association with the Tào Té Chīng has led him to be traditionally considered the founder of philosophical Taoism (pronounced as "Daoism"). He is also revered as a deity in most religious forms of Taoist philosophy, which often refers to Laozi as Taishang Laojun, or "One of the Three Pure Ones".

According to Chinese traditions, Laozi lived in the 6th century BCE. Some historians contend that he actually lived in the 5th–4th ... more »

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  • ''He who knows others is clever; He who knows himself has discernment.''
    Lao-Tzu (6th century B.C.), Chinese philosopher. Tao-te-ching, bk. 1, ch. 33, trans. by T.C. Lau (1963).
  • ''When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.''
    Lao-Tzu (6th century B.C.), Chinese philosopher. Tao-te-ching, bk. 1, ch. 18, trans. by T.C. Lau (1963).
  • ''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.''
    Lao-Tzu (6th century B.C.), Chinese philosopher. Tao-te-ching, bk. 2, ch. 71, trans. by T.C. Lau (1963).
  • ''He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk.''
    Lao-Tzu (6th century B.C.), Chinese philosopher. Tao-te-ching, bk. 1, ch. 24, trans. by T.C. Lau (1963).
  • ''Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.''
    Lao-Tzu (6th century B.C.), Chinese philosopher. Tao-te-ching, bk. 2, ch. 81, trans. by T.C. Lau (1963).
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Look, It Cannot be Seen


Look, it cannot be seen - it is beyond form.
Listen, it cannot be heard - it is beyond sound.
Grasp, it cannot be held - it is intangible.
These three are indefinable, they are one.

From above it is not bright;
From below it is not dark:
Unbroken thread beyond description.
It returns to nothingness.
Form of the formless,
Image of the imageless,
It is called indefinable and beyond imagination.

Stand before it - there is no beginning.
Follow it and there is no end.
Stay with the Tao, Move with the present.

Knowing the ancient beginning is...

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