【 Laozi:老子 】Quotable Lines 3

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● Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.

● When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.

● When the best leader’s work is done the people say, “We did it ourselves.”

● Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.

● When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.

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

● For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.

● To see things in the seed, that is genius.

● 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.

● Great acts are made up of small deeds.

● The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.

● An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.

● If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

● Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.

● A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.

● 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.

● From caring comes courage.

● The words of truth are always paradoxical.

● A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

● When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.

● Be the chief but never the lord.

● He who knows himself is enlightened.

● Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.

● Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.

● To see things in the seed, that is genius.

● I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any.

● Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

● Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.

● The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.


Laozi】 Laozi (Chinese: 老子; pinyin: Lǎozǐ; Wade–Giles: Lao Tzu; also romanized as Lao Tse, Lao Tu, Lao-Tsu, Laotze, Laosi, Laocius, and other variations) (fl. 6th century BCE) was a philosopher of ancient China, best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching (often simply referred to as Laozi).[1] His association with the Tào Té Chīng has led him to be traditionally considered the founder of philosophical Taoism (pronounced as “Daoism”). He is also revered as a deity in most religious forms of Taoist philosophy, which often refers to Laozi as Taishang Laojun, or “One of the Three Pure Ones”.

According to Chinese traditions, Laozi lived in the 6th century BCE. Some historians contend that he actually lived in the 5th–4th century BCE, concurrent with the Hundred Schools of Thought and Warring States Period,[2] while some others argue that Laozi is a synthesis of multiple historical figures or that he is a mythical figure. A central figure in Chinese culture, both nobility and common people claim Laozi in their lineage. He was honored as an ancestor of the Tang imperial family, and was granted the title Táishāng xuānyuán huángdì, meaning “Supreme Mysterious and Primordial Emperor”. Throughout history, Laozi’s work has been embraced by various anti-authoritarian movements.

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