20 Inspiring Quotes from Lao Tzu

Just recently Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu (author of Tao Te Ching) has given me great clarity when I was reminded of the quote – “The tao that can be told, is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.”

This quote arrived in my life at just the right time and I will be forever grateful. The depth of this is hard to put in to words, however suffice to say I am continue to be just be myself and live in the moment (even though some days are much more challenging than others)! Dr. Wayne Dyer reviewed translations of the Tao Te Ching and published a book Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao.

Following are a couple of my favourite Lao Tzu quotes – in-joy!

  1. “The tao that can be told
    is not the eternal Tao.
    The name that can be named
    is not the eternal Name.” ~ Lao Tzu
  2. “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.” ~ Lao Tzu
  3. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~ Lao Tzu
  4. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ~ Lao Tzu
  5. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~ Lao Tzu
  6. “Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.” ~ Lao Tzu
  7. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” ~ Lao Tzu
  8. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ~ Lao Tzu
  9. “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu
  10. “Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.” ~ Lao Tzu
  11. “In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.” ~ Lao Tzu
  12. “At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” ~ Lao Tzu
  13. “By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.” ~ Lao Tzu
  14. “Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” ~ Lao Tzu
  15. “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” ~ Lao Tzu
  16. “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.” ~ Lao Tzu
  17. “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” ~ Lao Tzu
  18. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ~ Lao Tzu
  19. “The words of truth are always paradoxical.” ~ Lao Tzu
  20. “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength;  mastering yourself is true power.” ~ Lao Tzu

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