Top 25 Lao Tzu Quotes

1. "The best fighter is never angry."

2. "Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you."

3. "At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want."

4. "Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."

5. "Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner."

6. "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."

7. "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

8. "When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you."

9. "When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready… the teacher will disappear."

10. "Who acts in stillness finds stillness in his life."

11. "Silence is a source of great strength."

12. "The more you know the less you understand."

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

14. "Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.

Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. 

Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are.

Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world."

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

16. "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."

17. "An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox."

18. "Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love."

19. "Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy."

20. "A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving."

21. "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."

22. "We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want."

23. "The more laws that are written, the more criminals are produced."

24. "New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings."

25. "The heart that gives, gathers."