The Best Laozi Quotes Quotations

The 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?"

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

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

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

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    Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.

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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. Laozi

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

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    There is no calamity greater than lightly engaging in war. Laozi

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    To see things in the seed is genius. Laozi

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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. Laozi

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

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    The way of heaven is to help and not harm.

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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. Laozi

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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. Laozi

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    Because of a great love, one is courageous. Laozi

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    He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire.

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

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

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

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    He who stands on his tiptoes does not stand firm... Laozi

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

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

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

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

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    Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding. Laozi

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    He who is contented is rich. Laozi

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

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

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    When gold and jade fill the hall, their possessor cannot keep them safe. When wealth and honors lead to arrogance, this brings its evil on itself.

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

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

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

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

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

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    Nature is not human hearted. Laozi

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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. Laozi

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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. Laozi

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

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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. Laozi

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    A great nation is like a great man: When he makes a mistake, he realizes it. Having realized it, he admits it. Having admitted it, he corrects it. He considers those who point out his faults as his most benevolent teachers. He thinks of his enemy as the shadow that he himself casts.

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    He who knows he has enough is rich. Laozi

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

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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. Laozi

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    Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.

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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. Laozi

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

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