10 Quotes of Wisdom from Lao Tzu

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10 Quotes of Wisdom from Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu, the founder of Taoism, and his wise words, viz:


“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”


“Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.”


“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”


“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”


“Those who know do not speak.
Those who speak do not know.”


“Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.”


“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.”


“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others.
Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval.
Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”


“Be careful what you water your dreams with.
Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream.
Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success.
Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success.
Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”


“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”


“Manifest plainness,
Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,
Have few desires.”


“The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.”


“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”


“Act without striving. Work without interfering. Find the flavour in what is flavourless.”


“Be the chief but never the lord.”