Taoism Quotes

Laozi/Lao Tzu (From the Tao Te Ching)

        • “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.”
        • “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.”
        • “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”
        • “To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.”
        • “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
        • “A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”
        • “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it”
        • “Silence is a source of great strength.”
        • “Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.”
        • “Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy”
        • “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still”
        • “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be”
        • “To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.”
        • “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”

Zhuangzi

      • “Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.”
      • “Happiness is the abscence of the striving for happiness.”
      • “Forget the years, forget distinctions. Leap into the boundless and make it your home!”
      • “Men honor what lies within the sphere of their knowledge, but do not realize how dependent they are on what lies beyond it.”

Liezi

      • “To be truly happy and contented, you must let go of the idea of what it means to be truly happy or content.”
      • “My body is in accord with my mind, my mind with my energies, my energies with my spirit, my spirit with Nothing.”
      • “The Sage embraces similarity of understanding and pays no regard to similarity of form. The world in general is attracted by similarity of form, but remains indifferent to similarity of understanding.”
      • “A dream is the meeting of minds; an event in our waking consciousness is the coming together of sensible substances. Hence our feelings by day and our dreams by night are the meetings of mind with mind and of substance with substance.”

Miscellaneous Quotes

      • “What we mean by Tao is the way or course of Nature. This way has nothing good or bad, it is a mere flowing of things following the development and decline attributes of the moment.” (From Jhian Yang: A Short Introductory Lesson to Tao and Taoism)
      • “Daodejing doesn’t translate into “The Way of Virtue”, you know.
        Te means “virtue” as in something’s manifestations. Like the Te of a rock is that it is hard. It being hard is “by virtue of” it being a rock. (Michael Banu)
      • When your mind is empty of prejudices you can see the Tao. When your heart is empty of desires you can follow the Tao.(From Master Lu’s Teachings.)

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