Lao Tzu Motivational Quotes

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Lao Tzu is a Chinese philosopher who lived in the 6th Century B.C.E. He is consider by many to be the father of Taoist philosophy. He is the author of the Tao Te Ching.

Here are some of my favorite Lao Tzu quotes.

  1. 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.

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

  3. Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.

  4. Silence is a great source of strength.

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

  6. To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

  7. Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.

  8. Knowing others is wisdom. Knowing yourself is Enlightenment.

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

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

  11. Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.