Laozi Quotes

A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.

Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires.

Therefore a sage has said, ‘I will do nothing (of purpose), and the people will be transformed of themselves; I will be fond of keeping still, and the people will of themselves become correct. I will take no trouble about it, and the people will of themselves become rich; I will manifest no ambition, and […]

When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.

He who accounts all things easy will have many difficulties.

From caring comes courage.

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.

Kindness in words create confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

While day by day the overzealous student stores up facts for future use, He who has learned to trust nature finds need for ever fewer external directions. He will discard formula after formula, until he reaches the conclusion: Let nature take its course. By letting each thing act in accordance with its own nature, everything […]

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.