199+ Lao Tzu Quotes on Life, Love and Happiness

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Sometimes you face challenges in life, while other times things are smooth. But you have to balance everything so that you live a normal life, regardless of the challenges. You need to look for ways to inspire and motivate yourself, especially when things are not going as expected. Lao Tzu quotes on life, love and happiness will encourage you to be happy and stay motivated to overcome what’s before you in life. Here are some of the quotes.

Lao Tzu quotes

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Lao Tzu 

“When the work is done, and one’s name is becoming distinguished, to withdraw into obscurity is the way of Heaven.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“Knowing others is intelligence;

knowing yourself is true wisdom.

Mastering others is strength;

mastering yourself is true power.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“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.”

― Lao Tzu 

“The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.

Through this I know the advantage of taking no action.”

― Lao-tzu 

“The heart that gives, gathers.”

― Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching 

“Water is fluid, soft & yielding but water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield … what is soft is strong.”

― Lao-tzu 

“free from desire, you realize the mystery

caught in the desire, you see only the manifestations.”

― lao tzu 

“Every step is on the path.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.”

― Lao Tzu 

“True words are not fancy. Fancy words are not true. The good do not debate. Debaters are not good.”

― Lao Tzu 

“When goodness is lost there is morality.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Clay is fashioned into vessels; but it is on their empty hollowness, that their use depends.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“Just remain in the center; watching. And then forget that you are there.”

― Lao Tzu 

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

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“The Wise Man is square but not sharp, honest but not not malign, straight but not severe, bright but not dazzling.”

― Laozi, Tao Te Ching 

“If you want to lead them you must place yourself behind them.”

― Lao Tzu

“The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.”

― Lao Tzu, Te Tao Ching 

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

― Lao-Tzu 

“Silence is a source of Great Strength.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Act without expectation.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment”

― Lao Tzu 

“Do not conquer the world with force, for force only causes resistance. Thorns spring up when an army passes. Years of misery follow a great victory. Do only what needs to be done without using violence.”

― Lao Tzu 

“If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.”

― Lao Tzu 

“The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.

The more he gives to others,

the more he has for his own.”

― Lao Tzu 

“The road you can talk about is not the road you can walk on”

― Lao-Tse, Tao Te Ching 

“Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of

softness overcoming hardness.”

― Lao Zi 

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”

― Lao Tzu 

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

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“To understand the limitation of things, desire them.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“He who defends with love will be secure; Heaven will save him, and protect him with love.”

― Lao Tzu 

“By letting go it all gets done.”

― Lao-Tzu 

“Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing.”

― Lao Tzu 

“To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.”

― Lao Tzu 

“The difficult problems in life always start off being simple. Great affairs always start off being small.”

― Lao Tzu 

“What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.”

― Lao Tzu 

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.”

― Lao Tzu 

“The further one goes, the less one knows.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.”

― Lao Tzu 

“The Way to do is to be.”

― Lao Tzu 

“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Your own positive future begins in this moment. All you have is right now. Every goal is possible from here.”

― Lao Tzu 

“There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.”

― Lao Tzu 

“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”

― Lao Tzu 

“He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty” – Lao-tsu”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“Because of a great love, one is courageous.”

― Lao Tzu 

“When there is no desire,

all things are at peace.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“The reason why the universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself; it gives life to others as it transforms.”

― Lao Tzu 

“If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.”

― Laozi 

“Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force.”

― Lao Tzu 

“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?”

― Lao-Tzu, The Way of Life 

“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Do you imagine the universe is agitated? Go into the desert at night and look at the stars. This practice should answer the question.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Love is a decision – not an emotion!”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go”

― Tao Te-Ching 

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.”

― Lao-Tzu 

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

― Lao Tzu, Te Tao Ching 

“Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.”

― Lao Tzu 

“When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready… The teacher will Disappear.”

― Tao Te Ching 

“Perfection is the willingness to be imperfect.”

― Laozi 

“One who is too insistent on his own views finds few to agree with him.”

― Lao-Tzu 

“To see things in the seed, that is genius.”

― Lao-Tzu 

“New Beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Become totally empty

Quiet the restlessness of the mind

Only then will you witness everything unfolding from emptiness”

― Laotzu 

“if you want to know me, look inside your heart.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Be still

Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity”

― Laotzu 

“He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.”

― Lao Tzu 

“He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“Mastering others is strength. Mastering oneself makes you fearless.”

― Lao Tzu

“To bear and not to own; to act and not lay claim; to do the work and let it go: for just letting it go is what makes it stay.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“If you show yourself, you will not be seen. If you affirm yourself, you will not shine. If you boast, you will have no merit. If you promote yourself, you will have no success.”

― Lao Tzu 

“There is no illusion greater than fear.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Teh Ching 

“Love is of all the passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.”

― Lao Tzu 

“If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind.”

― Lao-Tsze 

“He who acts, spoils; he who grasps, lets slip.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Respond to anger with virtue. Deal with difficulties while they are still easy. Handle the great while it is still small.”

― Lao Tzu 

“The world belongs to those who let go.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.”

― Lao Tzu 

“What is firmly rooted cannot be pulled out.”

― Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching 

“When pure sincerity forms within, it is outwardly realized in other people’s hearts.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Take care with the end as you do with the beginning.”

― Lao-Tzu 

“Not seeking, not expecting, she is present, and can welcome all things.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Some lose yet gain, others gain and yet lose.”

― Lao Tzu 

“In the end,

The treasure of life is missed by those who hold on

and gained by those who let go.”

― Laotzu 

“Loss is not as bad as wanting more.”

― Lao Tzu 

“If you are untrustworthy, people will not trust you.”

― Lao Tzu 

“He is free from self- display, and therefore he shines;”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.”

― Lao Tzu 

“The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.”

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Watch your step.”

― Lao Tzu 

“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.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“A good traveler leaves no tracks. Good speech lacks fault-finding.”

― Lao Tzu 

“At the center of your being

you have the answer;

you know who you are

and you know what you want.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Give evil nothing to oppose

and it will disappear by itself.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

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

― Lao Tzu 

“The hard and mighty lie beneath the ground

While the tender and weak dance on the breeze above.”

― Lao Tzu 

“To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”

― Lao Tse 

“The master observes the world but trusts his inner vision. He allows things to come and go. He prefers what is within to what is without.”

― Lao-Tzu 

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Boasting of wealth and virtue brings your demise.”

― Lao Tzu 

“The best fighter is never angry.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Stop thinking, and end your problems.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Knowing how to yield is strength”

― Lao-Tzu 

“The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

― Lao Tzu 

“Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.”

― Lao Tsu, Tao Teh Ching 

“Knowing others is Wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment”

― Lao Tzu 

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

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 

“When you accept yourself, the whole world accepts you.”

― Lao Tzu 

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”

― Lao Tzu 

“To be worn out is to be renewed.”

― Lao Tzu

No matter what you’re going through in life, you have to remain calm and focused. This will help you come up with ideas to overcome the challenges. The above Lao Tzu quotes on life, love and happiness will encourage, inspire and give you the wisdom to face what’s before you in life. The quotes will also enlighten you on how to remain happy and live in harmony with others.

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