30 Top Tao Te Ching Quotes You Need To Know

Best Tao Te Ching Quotes

Enjoy the best of Tao Te Ching quotes on love and other topics. Quotes from the book by Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching.

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

2 Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. If you liked this Lao Tzu quote on love, check out 177 Top Lao Tzu Quotes On Love And Life You Need To Know

3 Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.

4 The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.

5 Tao Te Ching Quotes About Three Greatest Treasures

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.

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6 Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?

7 A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live. If you liked this quote about courage, check out 77 Top Quotes On Courage You Need To Know

8 The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.

9 Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.

10 If you understand others you are smart.
If you understand yourself you are illuminated.
If you overcome others you are powerful.
If you overcome yourself you have strength.
If you know how to be satisfied you are rich.
If you can act with vigor, you have a will.
If you don’t lose your objectives you can be long-lasting.
If you die without loss, you are eternal.

11 Success is as dangerous as failure.
Hope is as hollow as fear.

12 When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.

13 My teachings are easy to understand
and easy to put into practice.
Yet your intellect will never grasp them,
and if you try to practice them,you’ll fail.

My teachings are older than the world.
How can you grasp their meaning?

If you want to know me,
Look inside your heart.

14 Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.

15 Quotes From Tao Te Ching About Wisdom

True words aren’t eloquent;
eloquent words aren’t true.
Wise men don’t need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren’t wise.

The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others,
the happier he is.
The more he gives to others,
the wealthier he is.

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16 When there is no desire,
all things are at peace.

17 Countless words
count less
than the silent balance
between yin and yang

18 Hope and fear are both phantoms that arise from thinking of the self. When we don’t see the self as self, what do we have to fear?

19 When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.

20 If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.

21 He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty.

22 Close your mouth,
block off your senses,
blunt your sharpness,
untie your knots,
soften your glare,
settle your dust.
This is the primal identity.

23 The further one goes, the less one knows.

24 Tao Te Ching Quotes On Love

Embracing Tao, you become embraced.
Supple, breathing gently, you become reborn.
Clearing your vision, you become clear.
Nurturing your beloved, you become impartial.
Opening your heart, you become accepted.
Accepting the World, you embrace Tao.
Bearing and nurturing,
Creating but not owning,
Giving without demanding,
Controlling without authority,
This is love.

25 Give evil nothing to oppose
and it will disappear by itself.

26 All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. humility gives it its power. if you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. if you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.

27 To understand the limitation of things, desire them.

28 The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know.

29 Stop thinking, and end your problems.
What difference between yes and no?
What difference between success and failure?
Must you value what others value,
avoid what others avoid?
How ridiculous!

Other people are excited,
as though they were at a parade.
I alone don’t care,
I alone am expressionless,
like an infant before it can smile.

Other people have what they need;
I alone possess nothing.
I alone drift about,
like someone without a home.
I am like an idiot, my mind is so empty.

Other people are bright;
I alone am dark.
Other people are sharp;
I alone am dull.
Other people have purpose;
I alone don’t know.
I drift like a wave on the ocean,
I blow as aimless as the wind.

I am different from ordinary people.
I drink from the Great Mother’s breasts.

30 A leader is best
When people barely know he exists
Of a good leader, who talks little,
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
They will say, “We did this ourselves.”

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