Lao Tzu Quotations

-The world is ruled by letting things take their course.

-Long ago the land was ruled with a wisdom
Too fine, too deep, to be fully understood
And, since it was beyond man’s full understanding,
Only some of it has come down to us, as in these sayings:
“Alert as a winter-traveler on an icy stream,”
“Wary as a man in ambush,”
“Considerate as a welcome guest,”
“Selfless as melting ice,”
“Green as an uncut tree,”
“Open as a valley,”
And this one also: “Roiled as a torrent.”
Why roiled as a torrent?
Because when a man is in turmoil how shall he find peace
Save by staying patient till the stream clears?
How can a man’s life keep its course
If he will not let it flow?
Those who flow as life flows know
They need no other force:
They feel no wear, they feel no tear,
They need no mending, no repair.

-Alone I am and different
Because I prize and seek
My sustenance from the Mother (Tao)

-By letting go,
it all gets done.
The world is won
by those who let it go!

-It is wisdom to know others;
It is enlightenment to know one’s self.

-To produce things and to rear them,
To produce, but not to take possession of them,
To act, but not to rely on one’s own ability,
To lead them, but not to master them –
This is called profound and secret virtue.

Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness.

-He who thinks he knows, doesn’t know. He who knows that he doesn’t know, knows. For in this context, to know is not to know. And not to know is to know.

-Do you have the patience to wait
Till the mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
Till the right action arises by itself?

-Whatever is flexible and flowing will tend to grow, whatever is rigid and blocked will wither and die.

-Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.

-The world is won by those who let it go! But when you try and try, The world is then beyond winning.
Lao Tzu