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49 Inspirational Lao Tzu Quotes on Thoughts, Water, Love and Leadership

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



Lao-Tazi(Lao-Tzu) is also known as Laozi; this spiritual soul was born during the 6th century. He is a chinses philosopher and mentor, Laozi is also a best ‘Confucius’.

His whole personality is extremely ambiguous, he worked a lot for common people to explain the meaning of life and to explore the religion. People in china worship him as to give him tribute.

May these “Lao Tzu Quotes” inspire you in so many ways so you can enrich your soul with the spirituality and you can find the best way to live your life successfully.

Here is best list of Lao Tzu Quotes

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

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

3.“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

4.“The best fighter is never angry.”

5.“Stop thinking, and end your problems.”

6.“Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.”

7.“Nobody minds having what is too good for them.”

8.“He who is contented is rich.

9.“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”

10.“Because of deep love, one is courageous. Because of frugality, one is generous. Because of not daring to be ahead of the world, one becomes the leader of the world.”

11.“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.”

12.“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.”

13.”As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.”

14.“Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.”

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

16.“To lead people, walk beside them… As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate… When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!”

17.“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.”

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

19.”Make your heart like a lake with a calm still surface and great depths of kindness.”

20.“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.”

21.“He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.”

22.“Great acts are made up of small deeds.”

23.“Something mysteriously formed, Born before heaven and earth. In the silence and the void, Standing alone and unchanging, Ever present and in motion.”

24.“Mask your brightness. Be at one with the dust of the earth. This is primal union.”

25.“Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.”

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

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

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

30.“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”

31.“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.”

32.“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.”

33.“Our will is always for our own good, but we do not always see what that is.”

34.“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

35.“Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.”

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

37.“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

38.“Act without expectation.”

39.“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.”

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

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

42.“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.”

43.“Do not look only at yourself, and you will see much. Do not justify yourself, and you will be distinguished. Do not brag, and you will have merit. Do not be prideful, and your work will endure.”

44.“Empty yourself of everything let the mind become still.”

45.“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”

46.“There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.”

47.“Is not the space between Heaven and Earth like a bellows? It is empty, but lacks nothing. The more it moves, the more comes out of it.”

48.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.”

49.“A leader leads by example, not by force.”

Brief Introduction – Laozi

Lao-Tze is an ancient Chinese writer and philosopher. He is widely known as Laozi. Laozi, is been existed in the 6th century B.C. He is also a founder of the ‘School of the Tao’ or ‘Taoism’ that is about Chinese philosophy. He is a well-known Chinese teacher and a best philosopher ‘Confucius’. The starting life as well as whole life is extremely ambiguous, even researchers took centuries to discover his live, but are able to known very little about his life. Nevertheless, his teachings are still having the center of thoughts for many centuries and even today his followers are manifold. The Han Dynasty has established Taoism and were being strongly and religiously followed by them. Laozi is a well reputed author of the well-known Chinese book Tao Te Ching, he is one of the founder of philosophical Taoism. He is considered as an idol in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.

Historical views – Laozi

The earliest assumptions are referred to the present situations of Laozi’s life that is being found in 1st‑century B.C. these are collected by Sima Qian earliest historian and named his researches Records of the Grand Historian, during 5th and 6th century BC. Laozi was considered a contemporary Confucius.Laozi was assumed to be the imperial archives, he wrote a book in two parts and then he departed to the west. On the other hand, Laozi wrote a book in 15 parts. In third time, he became a court astrologer “Lao Dan” who lived in the reign of Duke Xian from the Qin Dynasty, during 4th century B.C.By the traditional accounts, Laozi were being considered as the scholar as he was the Keeper of the Archives. And this work allowed him wider access to the Yellow Emperor. He often come out from his village Chu Jen in Chu, Laozi got married in his early ages, and many historians proved that he had a son “Zong” who was the celebrated soldiers afterward.The Laozi’s story is a strong religious overtone, because he belonged to the Han dynasty, As his book Taoism took place, people started Laozi’s worshipping as a God.

Laozi’s Early Life and Childhood

The personal life of Laozi is a mystery and a lot of myths are associated with him, about his birth and early life.The “shiji” is considered as the reliable biography of Laozi, that is actually written by a well-known historian Sima Qian in 145 BC.According to his biography Shiji, he was borne in the state of Chu in Ku County.His family’s sur name was “Li” and “Dan” was his title.There is a myth about him, people says he has spent eight to eighty years inside his mother’s womb, this is why he is also known as the ‘the old child’.The Zhou Dynasty at this time worked as a historian “shi” at royal court.From the very early time of his life, he was criticized as an arrogant person by the great Confucius.On the other side Confucius, compared him with dragon, which can float in the air and can through the bunches of clouds in the sky.

Laozi’s Later life

Laozi, realized earlier that the Zhou Dynasty was suffering on the edge of failure.He traveled and entered to the state of Qin, there the guardian of the pass Yinxi met him, Yinxi insisted philosophers to write a book on him.A philosopher combined two “Dao’, which means, ‘way’ and ‘de’ ‘its virtue” to create a master piece named ‘Daodejing’, which got the lime light of many philosophers and they literally translated it as “Classic of the Way of Power”.Just after the completion of these books, Laozi the wise man just left Xiangu, and got vanished no one known about him thereafter.

Personal Life & Legacy

Many famous legends say that Laozi got married in his young ages and had a son ‘Zong’, who became fabulous soldier after some time.Lao Tzu and his text ‘Daoism’ influenced his Dynasty Han the most. ‘Tao Te Ching’ derived many philosophers to preach the essence of ‘Nature of Human Lives’ and teaches one day everyone has to go back to it.With the passage of time, Laozi became a personification of ‘Tao’ that means the ‘path/principle’ of living in order to get the ‘Way’. He always emphasized to live the life in simplicity of life, naturalness and objectivity from desires.

Laozi’s Achievements and Major Works

  • Laozi primarily is being known as the author of his book named ‘Tao Te Ching’ the other name ‘Daodejing’, which is scripted philosophically and religiously about ‘Taoism’, which contains almost 81 short poems.
  • Laozi explored the harmonious way of living and composed it as a book, named “Taoism’ or ‘Daoism”, explained in two different paths philosophy and religion.
  • Philosophical part of Taoism is also known as “Dao” that is based on the Chinese historian books ‘Daodejing’ that is also written by Lao Tzu and ‘Zhuangzi’.
  • Religious part of Taoism, explores a family that follows systematized religious movement, and used to share their thoughts that derived from Daojia.
Last Words

As he was an ancient Philosopher people are unable to explore his actual life and his hard work to preach people. Somehow the Lao Tzu (Laozi) Quotes are for the self-determination. His believes and guide lines are the essence of any person’s life.