Quotations From LAO-TZU


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  • 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).

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  • 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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  • 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).
  • 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 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).
  • 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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  • 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).
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