Laozi

((-) / Ancient China)

Laozi Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''The sage does not hoard. Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more; Having given all he has to others, he is richer still.''
    Lao-Tzu (6th century B.C.), Chinese philosopher. Tao-te-ching, bk. 2, ch. 81, trans. by T.C. Lau (1963).
  • ''Without stirring abroad, One can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window One can see the way of heaven. The further one goes The less one knows.''
    Lao-Tzu (6th century B.C.), Chinese philosopher. Tao-te-ching, bk. 2, ch. 47, trans. by T.C. Lau (1963).
  • ''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.''
    Lao-Tzu (6th century B.C.), Chinese philosopher. Tao-te-ching, bk. 2, ch. 78, trans. by T.C. Lau (1963).

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Best Poem of Laozi

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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Five Colors

The five colors blind the eye.
The five tones deafen the ear.
The five flavours dull the taste.
Racing and hunting madden the mind.
Precious things lead one astray.

Therefore the sage is guided by what he feels and not by what he sees.
He lets go of that and chooses this.

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