13 Best Motivational Quotes by Lao Tzu

November 13, 2023

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Written By - Ravi Shankar (GoodMindKeeping)

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Lao Tzu, also known as Laozi, was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He was the author of the Tao Te Ching.

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His philosophy emphasizes the virtue of humility, simplicity and living in harmony with the natural order of things. Here are some best quotes of Lao Tzu:

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

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"The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world."  - Lao Tzu

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"Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge."

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"Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness."

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"When I am with a group of people, I become like them. I adapt myself to the circumstances. That's my talent."

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"Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

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"The sage does not accumulate. The more he assists others, the more he possesses. The more he gives to others, the more he gains."

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"The more you talk about it, the more you think about it. Stop talking, and there is nothing you will not be able to know."

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"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, but he step must be taken."

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"The best way to live is to be like water, For water benefits all things and goes against none of them."

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"When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you."

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"Governing a large country is like frying a small fish. You spoil it with too much poking."

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"True words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not true. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good."