Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu

Laozi (also Lao-Tzu, literally "Old Master") was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is known as the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism, and a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.

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The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.

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.

To lead people walk behind them.

The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes.

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

Be the chief but never the lord.

If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.

From caring comes courage.

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

To know yet to think that one does not know is best, Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.

The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honored by all in the world Like a flower waving its head Or else he disappears into the silent forest.

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

The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say 'We did it ourselves.'

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.

To the mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.

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.

Man's enemies are not demons but human beings like himself.

The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.

Because of a great love one is courageous.

Violence even well intentioned always rebounds upon oneself.

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