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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.

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

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The way of heaven is to help and not harm.

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

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

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The tree which fills the arms grew from the tiniest sprout... 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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To see things in the seed is genius. Laozi

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To lead people walk behind them. Laozi

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A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves. Laozi

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Because of a great love, one is courageous. Laozi

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

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

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

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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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When the best leader's work is done the people say, We did it ourselves. 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 obtains has little. He who scatters has much. 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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Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires. Laozi

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Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding. Laozi

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

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He who is contented is rich. Laozi

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He who knows other men is discerning; he who knows himself is intelligent... 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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He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. 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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Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness. Laozi

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Nature is not human hearted. Laozi

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He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk. 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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All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small. 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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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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When pure sincerity forms within, it is outwardly realized in other people's hearts.

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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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There is no calamity greater than lavish desires There is no greater guilt than discontentment And there is no greater disaster than greed.

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If a country is governed with repression, the people are depressed and crafty.

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

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He who knows he has enough is rich. 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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I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men. Laozi

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The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, We did it ourselves. 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