【 Laozi:老子 】Quotable Lines 1

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● Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

● Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.

● He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.

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

● 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.

● Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.

● He who talks more is sooner exhausted.

● Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.

● Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.

● I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.

● Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish – too much handling will spoil it.

● It is better to do one’s own duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins.

● The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.

● Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.

● Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.

● 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.

● One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.

● He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.

● One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.

● The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours.

● How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men ?

● 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.

● Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.

● Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.

● Silence is a source of great strength.

● Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.

● He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.



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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