Lao Tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and poet, best known as the author of Tao Te Ching.
He is also revered in Daoist and Zen Buddhist traditions. “Old Master” is a translation of “Lao Tzu”. Below are some famous Lao Tzu Quotes, while he also wrote about happiness, peace, and war in his Tao Te Ching.
Lao Tzu lived between the 4th and 6th centuries B.C. in China. Tao Te Ching is a short text containing teachings attributed to Lao Tzu.
It is written in Koine Chinese, which was then called “Mandarin”, and has been translated into English several times since the 1950s.
The following Lao Tzu quotes are by no means an exhaustive list, just a handful of my favorites.
Inspiring Lao Tzu Quotes
Lao Tzu Quotes About Life
When you accept yourself, the whole world accepts you.
Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere.
Because of great love, one is courageous.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
To know that you do not know is the best. To think you know when you do not is a disease. Recognizing this disease as a disease is to be free of it.
Wisdom consists of knowing what you know and knowing what you do not know.
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve, and bad things are very easy to get.
A wise man never tries to hurry things.
A state can be changed by a ruler without bloodshed, just as the universe is changed by the mind.
Love is of all the passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.
As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.
A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
A bad man is a good man’s job.
The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.
When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready… The teacher will disappear.
When we meet real tragedy in life, we should turn toward homecoming instead of worry or grief for if we always run away, we will never return back home someday!
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
He who talks more is sooner exhausted.
Lao Tzu Quotes on Letting Go
Lao Tzu Quotes on Happiness
Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It depends solely on what you think.
The key to happiness is not to have more, but to enjoy what you have.
If your mind isn’t occupied with things you don’t want, you will find that the space opens up for things you do want.
Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When
When there is no desire, all things are at peace.
The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.
Good order results in good supply. Good supply results in an abundance.
An army may march great distances, but it takes the individual soldier a lifetime to begin to understand what happened during that long journey.
Those who know do not talk; those who talk do not know.
Lao Tzu Quotes on Love And Kindness
Lao Tzu Quotes On Life
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.
The more you try to control, the more you lose control.
The harder you try not to make mistakes, the more mistakes you’ll make.
Things happen in their own time, in their own way. You can’t hurry them or force them.
You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
The best way to live is by accepting the moment as it comes and by not trying to control the future.
The more you know, the less confidence you have.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. This is called mystic virtue.
To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.
When the best leader’s work is done the people say, “We did it ourselves!”
What keeps people alive is a greater longing than that for life. What makes some willing to die when they are already dead! It’s love for visible beauty!
These are only a few of the many teachings of Lao Tzu quotes. As you can see, he is a very wise and insightful man. His teachings are simple but profound. If we all took his advice to heart, the world would be a much better place. Thanks for reading!