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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michaelj72 added The way of heaven is to help and not harm.

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

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

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michaelj72 added He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire.

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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 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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michaelj72 added A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

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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

17 3
To see things in the seed is genius. Laozi

17 3
The tree which fills the arms grew from the tiniest sprout... Laozi

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To lead people walk behind them. 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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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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A violent wind does not last for a whole morning... Laozi

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michaelj72 added Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.

13 2
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

10 1
Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires. 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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He who is contented is rich. Laozi

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Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding. Laozi

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michaelj72 added Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.

9 2
Nature is not human hearted. Laozi

10 3
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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For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions. 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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michaelj72 added 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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michaelj72 added If a country is governed with repression, the people are depressed and crafty.

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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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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

8 2
Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness. Laozi

9 3
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

9 3
He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk. 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

8 3
He who knows others is clever; He who knows himself has discernment. 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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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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To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage. Laozi

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michaelj72 added 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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He who knows he has enough is rich. Laozi

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michaelj72 added 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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michaelj72 added When pure sincerity forms within, it is outwardly realized in other people's hearts.

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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