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Best Laozi Quotes

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A list of the best Laozi quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Laozi quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Laozi quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Laozi should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Laozi quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Laozi quotes?" and "What is the most famous Laozi quote?"

You can see what subjects these historic Laozi quotes fall under displayed to the right of the quote. Be sure to vote so your favorite Laozi saying won't fall to the bottom of the list.
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    Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

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    He who knows other men is discerning; he who knows himself is intelligent...

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    A violent wind does not last for a whole morning...

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    If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.

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    To see things in the seed is genius.

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    new! He who stands on his tiptoes does not stand firm...

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    The tree which fills the arms grew from the tiniest sprout...

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    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.

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    To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.

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    He who knows others is clever; He who knows himself has discernment.

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    The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.

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    For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.

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    Favor and disgrace are like fear. Favor is in a higher place, and disgrace in a lower place. When you win them you are like being in fear, and when you lose them you are also like being in fear. So favor and disgrace are like fear.

    Fear More
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    There is no calamity greater than lightly engaging in war.

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    Because of a great love, one is courageous.

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    The skillful traveller leaves no traces of his wheels...

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

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    In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.

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    To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.

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    Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it.

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    He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.

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    The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.

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

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    Nature is not human hearted.

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    The sage does not hoard. Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more; having given all he has to others, he is richer still.

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    The soft overcomes the hard; and the weak the strong.

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    Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.

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    Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.

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    When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.

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    Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding.

    Meaning of life More
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    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.

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    Without stirring abroad, one can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window one can see the way of heaven. The further one goes the less one knows.

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    Scholars of the highest class, when they hear about the Tao...

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    Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.

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    He who is contented is rich.

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    He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk.

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    People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.

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    Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.

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    The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.

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    The supreme excellence is not to win a hundred victories in a hundred battles. The supreme excellence is to subdue the armies of your enemies without even having to fight them.

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    He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.

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

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    All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.

    Things and Little Things More
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    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.

    Attachment More
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