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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When I let go of what I am I become what I might be.

If you are depressed you are living in the past.  If you are anxious you are living in the future.  If you are at peace you are living in the present.

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.

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

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

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.

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.

In dwelling live close to the ground. In thinking keep to the simple. In conflict be fair and generous. In governing don't try to control. In work do what you enjoy. In family life be completely present.

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

A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

He who does not trust enough will not be trusted.

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

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

If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet, for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it.

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.

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

He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.

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