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Taoism quotes by Zhuangzi
#1. Master Dongguo asked Zhuangzi, "This thing called the Way - where does it exist?"
Zhuangzi said, "There's no place it doesn't exist."
"Come," said Master Dongguo, "you must be more specific!"
"It is in the ant."
"As low a thing as that?"
"It is in the panic grass."
"But that's lower still!"
"It is in the tiles and shards."
"How can it be so low?"
"It is in the piss and shit! #Quote by Zhuangzi
Taoism quotes by Liezi
#2. Chuang-tzu once told a story about two persons who both lost a sheep. One person got very depressed and lost himself in drinking, sex, and gambling to try to forget this misfortune. The other person decided that this would be an excellent chance for him to study the classics and quietly observe the subtleties of nature. Both men experience the same misfortune, but one man lost himself because he was too attached to the experience of loss, while the other found himself because he was able to let go of gain and loss. #Quote by Liezi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#3. See others as yourself. See families as your family. See towns as your town. See countries as your country. See worlds as your world. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#4. All things flourish, and each returns to its source. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#5. Because he (the Sage) demands no honor, he will never be dishonored. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Alan W. Watts
#6. The senses, feelings, and thoughts must be allowed to be spontaneous in the faith that they will then order themselves harmoniously. To try to control the mind forcefully is like trying to flatten out waves with a board, and can only result in more and more disturbance. #Quote by Alan W. Watts
Taoism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#7. Lao Tsu uses the anology of the tree. The old hard tree breaks and falls when the wind blows. The young tree bends and does not break. He advises us to bend and not to break. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Taoism quotes by Zicheng Hong
#8. Even if you can't get rid of the heat, as long as you can get rid of bother with the heat, your body is always on a cool terrace. Even if you can't get rid of poverty, as long as you can get rid of the sadness of poverty, your mind always lives in a comfortable abode. #Quote by Zicheng Hong
Taoism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#9. Taoism is the gentle way. The path of least resistence. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Taoism quotes by Confucius
#10. Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire. #Quote by Confucius
Taoism quotes by Liezi
#11. When we are rich and famous and powerful, we do not want to die. On the other hand, if we are miserable and suffering, we want to die and leave it all. But can joy or misery last forever? There is a saying, "All celebrations must end sometime." Any wish to live forever or die immediately is often a whim of the moment. How do we know that, although we are happy now, we may not be sad the next day, or sad now but may be happy soon? Given that good and ill, fortune and misfortune come in their own way, we should not cling to life or embrace death. Life and death will come of their own. Why be greedy about life and afraid of death? #Quote by Liezi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#12. Abandon knowledge and your worries are over. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Zhuangzi
#13. If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation. #Quote by Zhuangzi
Taoism quotes by Michael Ende
#14. You must let what happens happen. Everything must be equal in your eyes, good and evil, beautiful and ugly, foolish and wise. #Quote by Michael Ende
Taoism quotes by Jack Kerouac
#15. Sometimes I'd yell questions at the rocks and trees, and across gorges, or yodel - "What is the meaning of the void?" The answer was perfect silence, so I knew. #Quote by Jack Kerouac
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#16. The river and the sea can be kings of a hundred valleys, because they lie below them. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Zicheng Hong
#17. To get rid of villains and knaves, it is necessary to give them a way out. If you don't give them any leeway at all, they will be like trapped rats. If every way out is closed to them, they will chew up everything good. #Quote by Zicheng Hong
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#18. Yielding is the manner of the Way. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#19. When family ties are disturbed, devoted children arise. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Zhuangzi
#20. He who steals a belt buckle pays with his life; he who steals a state gets to be a feudal lord. #Quote by Zhuangzi
Taoism quotes by Alan W. Watts
#21. [W]hen "the rule of law" becomes absolutized and everything is done by the book or the computer, people call out in desperation for the intervention of a reasonable human being. #Quote by Alan W. Watts
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#22. Is not the action of nature like the stretching of a bow? The high, it pulls down; the low, it lifts up; It takes from what is in excess In order to make good of what is deficient. Who can take what they have in excess and offer it to others? #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#23. All things arise in unison. Thereby we see their return. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Alan W. Watts
#24. Taoism, on the other hand, is generally a pursuit of older men, and especially of men who are retiring from active life in the community. Their retirement from society is a kind of outward symbol of an inward liberation from the bounds of conventional patterns of thought and conduct. For Taoism concerns itself with unconventional knowledge, with the understanding of life directly, instead of in the abstract, linear terms of representational thinking. #Quote by Alan W. Watts
Taoism quotes by Alan W. Watts
#25. [T]he art of life is more like navigation than warfare, for what is important is to understand the winds, the tides, the currents, the seasons, and the principles of growth and decay, so that one's actions may use them and not fight them. #Quote by Alan W. Watts
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#26. Other people have more than they need, I alone seem wanting. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#27. The Way is empty, yet inexhaustible, like an abyss! #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Wayne W. Dyer
#28. The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal name. The Tao is both named and nameless. As nameless it is the origin of all things; as named it is the Mother of 10,000 things. Ever desireless, one can see the mystery; ever desiring, one sees only the manifestations. And the mystery itself is the doorway to all understanding. #Quote by Wayne W. Dyer
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#29. Those who know when it is enough will not perish. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#30. Never take over the world to tamper with it. Those who want to tamper with it are not fit to take over the world. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Zhuangzi
#31. Let your mind wander in simplicity, blend your spirit with the vastness, follow along with things the way they are, and make no room for personal views - then the world will be governed. #Quote by Zhuangzi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#32. Dignified, like a guest. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#33. The more sharp weapons people have in a country, the bigger the disorder will be. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Zhuangzi
#34. It comes out from no source, it goes back in through no aperture. It has reality yet no place where it resides; it has duration yet no beginning or end. Something emerges, though through no aperture - this refers to the fact that it has reality. It has reality yet there is no place where it resides - this refers to the dimension of space. It has duration but no beginning or end - this refers to the dimension of time. There is life, there is death, there is a coming out, there is a going back in - yet in the coming out and going back its form is never seen. This is called the Heavenly Gate. The Heavenly Gate is nonbeing. The ten thousand things come forth from nonbeing. Being cannot create being out of being; inevitably it must come forth from nonbeing. Nonbeing is absolute nonbeing, and it is here that the sage hides himself. #Quote by Zhuangzi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#35. Pursue without interfering. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Zicheng Hong
#36. A thousand pieces of gold may hardly bring a moment's happiness, but a small favor can cause a lifetime's gratitude. Too much love can turn to enmity, while aloofness can produce joy. #Quote by Zicheng Hong
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#37. When leading people and serving Heaven, nothing exceeds moderation. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Zicheng Hong
#38. If you do not join the polluted, then you are pure; if you reject society in search of purity, that is not purity but fanaticism. #Quote by Zicheng Hong
Taoism quotes by Zhuangzi
#39. By ethical argument and moral principle the greatest crimes are eventually shown to have been necessary, and, in fact, a signal benefit to mankind. #Quote by Zhuangzi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#40. The sage knows himself, but does not parade. He cherishes himself, but does not praise himself. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#41. Make the small big and the few many. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Lao-Tzu
#42. Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force. #Quote by Lao-Tzu
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#43. The highest virtue does nothing. Yet, nothing needs to be done. The lowest virtue does everything. Yet, much remains to be done. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#44. In ancient times, those who followed the Way did not try to give people knowledge thereof, but kept them ignorant. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#45. To be of few words is natural. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Lao-Tzu
#46. 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. #Quote by Lao-Tzu
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#47. High and low rest on each other. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#48. The sage never strives for greatness, and can therefore accomplish greatness. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#49. To have enough of enough is always enough. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#50. Conquering the world and changing it, I do not think it can succeed. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#51. Only I am clumsy, like drifting on the waves of the sea, without direction. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#52. Truly, only those who see illness as illness can avoid illness. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Alan W. Watts
#53. Taoists do not look upon meditation as 'practice,' except in the sense that a doctor 'practices' medicine. They have no design to subjugate or alter the universe by force or willpower, for their art is entirely to go along with the flow of things in an intelligent way. #Quote by Alan W. Watts
Taoism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#54. In the West the wise are usually thought of as leaders. In the East, the wise are very often though of as followers. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Taoism quotes by Alan W. Watts
#55. [W]hen our love for others is based simply on mutual need it becomes strangling - a kind of vampirism in which we say, all too expressively, 'I love you so much I could eat you!' It is from such desiring that parental devotion becomes smother-love and marriage holy deadlock. #Quote by Alan W. Watts
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#56. Those who defeat others are strong, those who defeat themselves are mighty. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#57. Battles are followed by years of famine. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Michael Montoure
#58. Why do you have to ruin everything?' he asked. 'Why do you have to name everything? Decide what's real and what's - why can't you just enjoy things? What's wrong with you? #Quote by Michael Montoure
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#59. The Master doesn't seek fulfillment. For only those who are not full are able to be used which brings the feeling of completeness. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Ursula K. Le Guin
#60. Tezyeme," he said, which meant something on the order of "it is happening the way it is supposed to happen. #Quote by Ursula K. Le Guin
Taoism quotes by Nevill Drury
#61. The teachings of Osho, in fact, encompass many religions, but he is not defined by any of them. He is an illuminating speaker on Zen, Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism, Christianity and ancient Greek philosophy ... and also a prolific author. #Quote by Nevill Drury
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#62. The weak overcomes the strong. The soft overcomes the hard. Everybody in the world knows this, still nobody makes use of it. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Zhuangzi
#63. Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate. #Quote by Zhuangzi
Taoism quotes by Zhuangzi
#64. The Spirit Tower has its guardian, but unless it understands who its guardian is, it cannot be guarded. #Quote by Zhuangzi
Taoism quotes by Bai Juyi
#65. Two monks sit facing, playing chess on the mountain, The bamboo shadow on the board is dark and clear. Not a person sees the bamboo's shadow, One sometimes hears the pieces being moved. #Quote by Bai Juyi
Taoism quotes by Alan W. Watts
#66. To Taoism that which is absolutely still or absolutely perfect is absolutely dead, for without the possibility of growth and change there can be no Tao. In reality there is nothing in the universe which is completely perfect or completely still; it is only in the minds of men that such concepts exist. #Quote by Alan W. Watts
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#67. Can you love or guide someone without any kind of expectation? #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Alan W. Watts
#68. If the ego were to disappear, or rather, to be seen as a useful fiction, there would no longer be the duality of subject and object, experiencer and experience. There would simply be a continuous, self-moving stream of experiencing, without the sense either of an active subject who controls it or of a passive subject who suffers it. The thinker would be no more than the series of thoughts, and the feeler no more than the feelings. #Quote by Alan W. Watts
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#69. He (the sage) is good to those who are good. He is also good to those who are not good. That is the virtue of good. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#70. The most able seems clumsy. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Hakim Bey
#71. The sage does not become trapped in semantics, does not mistake map for territory, but rather "opens things up to the light of Heaven" by flowing with the words, by playing with the words. Once attuned to this flow, the sage need make no special effort to "illumine," for language does it by itself, spontaneously. Language spills over. #Quote by Hakim Bey
Taoism quotes by Zicheng Hong
#72. When thoughts arise, as soon as you sense them heading on the road of desire, bring them right back onto the road of reason. Once they arise, notice them, once you notice them, you can change them. This is the key to turning calamity into fortune, rising from death and returning to life. #Quote by Zicheng Hong
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#73. A good person is the bad person's teacher. A bad person is the good person's task. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Philip K. Dick
#74. If practicality and morality are polarized and you must choose, you must do what you think is right, rather than what you think is practical. #Quote by Philip K. Dick
Taoism quotes by Zicheng Hong
#75. Those who have come to an impasse should examine their original intentions; those who have succeeded should note where they are heading. #Quote by Zicheng Hong
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#76. Tao loves and nourishes all things, but does not dominate it over them. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#77. The light of the Way seems dim. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#78. Gain or loss, what is worse? #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#79. Displaying riches and titles with pride brings about one's downfall. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#80. It (Tao) is eternally without desire. So, it can be called small. All things return to it, although it does not make itself their ruler. So, it can be called great. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Zicheng Hong
#81. If a poor house is well kept, or a poor girl well groomed, there is elegance if not beauty. If good people should come upon hard times, why should they immediately give up on themselves? #Quote by Zicheng Hong
Taoism quotes by Lao-Tzu
#82. Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge. #Quote by Lao-Tzu
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#83. Those who know when to halt are unharmed. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#84. Thorn bushes grow where armies have camped. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Zicheng Hong
#85. The substance of mind is the substance of heaven. A joyful thought is an auspicious star or a felicitous cloud. An angry thought is a thunderstorm or a violent rain. A kind thought is a gentle breeze or a sweet dew. A stern thought is a fierce sun or an autumn frost. Which of these can be eliminated? Just let them pass away as they arise, open and unresisting, and your mind merges with the spacious sky. #Quote by Zicheng Hong
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#86. Obscure, like muddy waters. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Liu Yiming
#87. Bells Ring, Drums Resound

When a bell is struck it rings, when a drum is beaten it resounds. This is because they are solid outside and empty within. It is because they have nothing inside that they are able to ring and resound.

What I realize as I observe this is the Tao of true emptiness and ineffable existence.

True emptiness is like the inner openness of a bell or a drum; ineffable existence is like the sounding of a bell or a drum when struck. If people can keep this true emptiness as their essence, and utilize this ineffable existence as their function, ever serene yet ever responsive, ever responsive yet ever serene, tranquil and unstirring yet sensitive and effective, sensitive and effective yet tranquil and unstirring, empty yet not empty, not empty yet empty, aware and efficient, lively and active, refining everything in the great furnace of Creation, then when the dirt is gone the mirror is clear, when the clouds disperse the moon appears; revealing the indestructible body of reality, they transcend yin and yang and Creation, and merge with the eternity of space. #Quote by Liu Yiming
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#88. If you want to become full, let yourself be empty. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Zhuangzi
#89. So it is said, for him who understands Heavenly joy, life is the working of Heaven; death is the transformation of things. In stillness, he and the yin share a single Virtue; in motion, he and the yang share a single flow. #Quote by Zhuangzi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#90. If Heaven were not clear it might rend. If Earth were not firm it might crumble. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Alan Watts
#91. Different Chinese philosophers, writing probably in 5-4 centuries B.C., presented some major ideas and a way of life that are nowadays known under the name of Taoism, the way of correspondence between man and the tendency or the course of natural world. #Quote by Alan Watts
Taoism quotes by Zicheng Hong
#92. In adversity, everything that surrounds you is a kind of medicine that helps you refine your conduct, yet you are unaware of it. In pleasant situations, you are faced with weapons that will tear you apart, yet you do not realize it. #Quote by Zicheng Hong
Taoism quotes by Thomas Merton
#93. Fishes are born in water Man is born in Tao. If fishes, born in water, Seek the deep shadow Of pond and pool, All their needs Are satisfied. If man, born in Tao, Sinks into the deep shadow Of non-action To forget aggression and concern, He lacks nothing His life is secure. Moral: All the fish needs Is to get lost in water. All man needs is to get lost In Tao. #Quote by Thomas Merton
Taoism quotes by Zicheng Hong
#94. The road of truth is broad; set the mind on it, and you feel expansive openness and broad clarity. The road of human desires is narrow; set foot on it, and you see brambles and mire before you. #Quote by Zicheng Hong
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#95. When the palace is magnificent, the fields are filled with weeds, and the granaries are empty. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Lujan Matus
#96. How can I know you if I don't know myself? #Quote by Lujan Matus
Taoism quotes by Ming-Dao Deng
#97. We may be floating on Tao, but there is nothing wrong with steering. If Tao is like a river, it is certainly good to know where the rocks are. #Quote by Ming-Dao Deng
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#98. The nameless is the beginning of Heaven and Earth. The named is the mother of all things. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#99. A sage is skilled at helping people without excluding anyone. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Benjamin Hoff
#100. The honey doesn't taste so good once it is being eaten; the goal doesn't mean so much once it is reached; the reward is no so rewarding once it has been given. If we add up all the rewards in our lives, we won't have very much. But if we add up the spaces *between* the rewards, we'll come up with quite a bit. And if we add up the rewards *and* the spaces, then we'll have everything - every minute of the time that we spent. #Quote by Benjamin Hoff
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#101. As it acts in the world, the Tao is like the bending of a bow. The top is bent downward; the bottom is bent up. It adjusts excess and deficiency so that there is perfect balance. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#102. Act without expectation. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#103. There is one appointed supreme executioner. Truly, trying to take the place of the supreme executioner is like trying to carve wood like a master carpenter. Of those who try to carve wood like a master carpenter, there are few who do not injure their hands. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Alan W. Watts
#104. Zen Buddhism is a way and a view of life which does not belong to any of the formal categories of modern Western thought. It is not religion or philosophy; it is not a psychology or a type of science. It is an example of what is known in India and China as a "way of liberation," and is similar in this respect to Taoism, Vedanta, and Yoga. As will soon be obvious, a way of liberation can have no positive definition. It has to be suggested by saying what it is not, somewhat as a sculptor reveals an image by the act of removing pieces of stone from a block. #Quote by Alan W. Watts
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#105. Heaven's Way gives no favors. It always remains with good people. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Kristofer Schipper
#106. In recent years the world has seen the development of a kind of fictitious Taoism which is propagated in popular kung-fu movies. There also is nowadays a form of purely theoretical Taoism adhered to by intellectuals, therapists, acupuncturists, and public service officials (serving on the "National Association of Taoism") of the Chinese government. But true Taoism is not merely a cult, nor a system, nor a therapeutic technique. It is, above all, the liturgical structure of local communities; it therefore belongs to the daily life of the people. #Quote by Kristofer Schipper
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#107. The Tao is like a well; used but never used up. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Alan W. Watts
#108. [T]he complexity of nature is not innate but consequence of the instruments used to handle it. There is nothing complex about walking, breathing, and circulating one's blood. Living organisms have developed these functions without without thinking about them at all. The circulation of the blood becomes complex only when stated in physiological terms, that is, when understood by means of a conceptual model constructed of the kind of simple units which conscious attention requires. #Quote by Alan W. Watts
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#109. Warriors say: I dare not be like the host, but would rather be like the guest. I dare not advance an inch, but would rather retreat a foot. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#110. Male and female are the first things we learn because they represent the polarity of existence. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Taoism quotes by Liu Yiming
#111. Murky Water, Dusty Mirror

Murky water is turbid; let it settle and it clears. A dusty mirror is dim; clean it and it is bright.

What I realize as I observe this is the Tao of clarifying the mind and perceiving its essence.

The reason why people's minds are not clear and their natures are not stable is that they are full of craving and emotion. Add to this eons of mental habit, acquired influences deluding the mind, their outgrowths clogging up the opening of awareness - this is like water being murky, like a mirror being dusty. The original true mind and true essence are totally lost. The feelings and senses are unruly, subject to all kinds of influences, taking in all sorts of things, defiling the mind.

If one can suddenly realize this and change directions, wash away pollution and contamination, gradually remove a lifetime of biased mental habits, wandering thoughts and perverse actions, increasing in strength with persistence, refining away the dross until there is nothing more to be refined away, when the slag is gone the gold is pure. The original mind and fundamental essence will spontaneously appear in full, the light of wisdom will suddenly arise, and one will clearly see the universe as though it were in the palm of the hand, with no obstruction.

This is like murky water returning to clarity when settled, like a dusty mirror being restored to brightness when polished. That which is fundamental is as ever: without #Quote by Liu Yiming
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#112. The noble must make humility his root. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#113. Heaven and Earth are not kind. They regard all things as offerings. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#114. Approach your own inner life with a loving quality that accepts who you are without trying to change who you are. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#115. The truest sayings are paradoxical. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Lao-Tzu
#116. To see things in the seed, that is genius. #Quote by Lao-Tzu
Taoism quotes by Lao-Tzu
#117. How can one know the eternal origin?
By letting go of ideas
and allowing it to reveal itself #Quote by Lao-Tzu
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#118. I have no desire to desire, and people become like the uncarved wood by themselves. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#119. Stillness is the ruler of haste. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#120. The first practice is the practice of undiscriminating virtue: take care of those who are deserving; also, and equally, take care of those who are not. When you extend your virtue in all directions without discriminating, you feet are firmly planted on the path that returns to the Tao. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#121. When bitter enemies make peace, surely some bitterness remains. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Alan W. Watts
#122. In a culture where sex is calculated, religion decorous, dancing polite, music refined or sentimental, and yielding to pain shameful, many people have never experienced full spontaneity. Little or nothing is known of its integrating, cathartic and purifying consequences, let alone of the fact that it may not only be creatively controlled, but also become a constant way of life. #Quote by Alan W. Watts
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#123. He (the sage) wants all things to follow their own nature, but dares not act. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#124. The Way is hidden and nameless. Still only the Way nourishes and completes. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Stephen Russell
#125. When you find yourself in one of those mystical/devotional frames of mind or in am emergency and you feel you want to pray, then pray. Don't ever be ashamed to pray or feel prevented by thinking yourself unworthy in any way. Fact is whatever terrible thing you may have done, praying will always turn your energy around for the better.
Pray to whomever, whatever, and whenever you choose. Pray to the mountain, pray to the ancestors, pray to the Earth, pray to the Tao (but it won't listen!), pray to the Great Mother, pray to Jehovah, Allah, Buddha, Jesus, Lakshmi, Siva, pray to the Great Spirit, it makes no difference. Praying is merely a device for realigning the mind, energy, and passion of your local self with the mind, energy and passion of your universal self. When you pray, you are praying to the god or goddess within you. This has an effect on your energy field, which in turn translates into a positive charge that makes something good happen. #Quote by Stephen Russell
Taoism quotes by Lie Yukou
#126. A dream is the meeting of minds; an event in our waking consciousness is the coming together of sensible substances. Hence our feelings by day and our dreams by night are the meetings of mind with mind and of substance with substance. #Quote by Lie Yukou
Taoism quotes by Confucius
#127. But if you do not have the Tao yourself, what business have you spending your time in vain efforts to bring corrupt politicians into the right path? #Quote by Confucius
Taoism quotes by Zicheng Hong
#128. You should not be too much of a purist in your way of life, for you need to be able to accept all that is foul. You should not be too clear in making distinctions in social interactions, for you need to accept everyone whether they are good or bad, wise or foolish. #Quote by Zicheng Hong
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#129. Your name or your body, what is dearer? Your body or your wealth, what is worthier? #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#130. The great Way is very straight, but people prefer to deviate. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Laozi
#131. The brittle is easy to shatter. #Quote by Laozi
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#132. We are born from a quiet sleep, and we die to a calm awakening #Quote by Zhuangzi
Taoism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#133. The primary quality that Lao Tzu seems to emobdy is humility, which is the image of water - seeking the common level of existence. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Taoism quotes by Alan W. Watts
#134. Trust in human nature is acceptance of the good-and-bad of it, and it is hard to trust those who do not admit their own weakness. #Quote by Alan W. Watts
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#135. The small is easy to scatter. #Quote by Laozi
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#136. The most fundamental seems fickle. #Quote by Laozi
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#137. Hold on to the great image, and the whole world follows, follows unharmed, content and completely at peace. #Quote by Laozi
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#138. Stillness is easy to maintain. #Quote by Laozi
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#139. The sage knows without traveling, perceives without looking, completes without acting. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Alan W. Watts
#140. It is fundamental to both Taoist and Confucian thought that the natural man is to be trusted, and from their standpoint it appears that the Western mistrust of human nature-whether theological or technological-is a kind of schizophrenia. It would be impossible, in their view, to believe oneself innately evil without discrediting the very belief, since all the notions of a perverted mind would be perverted notions. #Quote by Alan W. Watts
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#141. Can you gather your vital breath and yet be tender like a newborn baby? #Quote by Laozi
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#142. The Tao gives birth to One. One gives birth to yin and yang. Yin and yang give birth to all things ... The complete whole is the complete whole. So also is any part the complete whole ... But forget about understanding and harmonizing and making all things one. The universe is already a harmonious oneness; just realize it. #Quote by Laozi
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#143. Bears, dragons, tempestuous on mountain and river, Startle the forest and make the heights tremble. Clouds darken beneath the darkness of rain, streams pale with a pallor of mist. The gods of Thunder and Lightning Shatter the whole range. #Quote by Li Bai
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#144. Sometimes gain comes from losing, and sometimes loss comes from gaining. #Quote by Laozi
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#145. As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it. #Quote by Lao-Tzu
Taoism quotes by Jan Jakob Maria De Groot
#146. Taoism ... is the Religion of the Tao, a term meaning Path or Way, but denoting in this peculiar case the way, course or movement of the Universe, her processes and methods. In other words, Taoism is the Religion of Heaven and Earth, of the Cosmos, of the World or Nature in the broadest sense of these words. Hence we may call it Naturism. #Quote by Jan Jakob Maria De Groot
Taoism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#147. The dreams of existence of that we call time, space, matter, subject, object, yin, yang - everything flows forth from this tai chi. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
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#148. The more laws that are written, the more criminals are produced. #Quote by Laozi
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#149. Praise of power leads to weakness; Love of things leads to loss; The wise one leads by filling people's hearts; He destroys illusion and disturbs those who believe they are wise; He does nothing yet everything happens. #Quote by Laozi
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#150. Must one dread what others dread? #Quote by Laozi
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#151. Emptiness appears barren
yet is infinite fullness #Quote by Lao-Tzu
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#152. The sage governs by emptying senses and filling bellies. #Quote by Laozi
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#153. When your mind is empty of prejudices you can see the Tao. When your heart is empty of desires you can follow the Tao. #Quote by Lu Jun Hong
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#154. Not praising the deserving prevents envy. #Quote by Laozi
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#155. Meet the big while it is small. #Quote by Laozi
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#156. The ancients said that for persons who cultivated body and mind, and who are virtuous and honorable, death is an experience of liberation, a long-awaited rest from a lifetime of labors. Death helps the unscrupulous person to put an end to the misery of desire. Death, then, for everyone is a kind of homecoming. That is why the ancient sages speak of a dying person as a person who is 'going home. #Quote by Liezi
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#157. When the emperor is crowned or the three dukes are appointed, rather than sending a gift of jade carried by four horses, remain still and offer the Way. #Quote by Laozi
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#158. Without desire there is stillness, and the world settles by itself. #Quote by Laozi
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#159. Of all things, none does not revere the Way and honor virtue. Reverence of the Way and honoring virtue were not demanded of them, but it is in their nature. #Quote by Laozi
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#160. Lessen selfishness and restrain desires. #Quote by Laozi
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#161. The great Way is all-pervading. It reaches to the left and to the right. All things depend on it with their existence. Still it demands no obedience. #Quote by Laozi
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#162. A man like this will not go where he has no will to go, will not do what he has no mind to do. Though the world might praise him and say he had really found something, he would look unconcerned and never turn his head; though the world might condemn him and say he had lost something, he would look serene and pay no heed. The praise and blame of the world are no loss or gain to him. #Quote by Zhuangzi
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#163. When Simplicity is broken up, it is made into instruments. Evolved individuals who employ them, are made into leaders. In this way, the Great System is United. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Alan W. Watts
#164. But the transformation of consciousness undertaken in Taoism and Zen is more like the correction of faulty perception or the curing of a disease. It is not an acquisitive process of learning more and more facts or greater and greater skills, but rather an unlearning of wrong habits and opinions. As Lao-tzu said, The scholar gains every day, but the Taoist loses every day. #Quote by Alan W. Watts
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#165. When the world is ruled according to the Way, the ghosts lose their power. The ghosts do not really lose their power, but it is not used to harm people. #Quote by Laozi
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#166. Lao Tsu found Taoism easy to reconcile withthe world of human beings, which is interesting because with all the nature imagery, one might think it was in some way antithetical to contempory life. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
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#167. In all affairs, whether large or small, there are few men who reach a happy conclusion except through the Way. If you do not succeed, you are bound to suffer from the judgment of men. If you do succeed, you are bound to suffer from the yin and yang. To suffer no harm whether or not you succeed - only the man who has virtue can do that. #Quote by Zhuangzi
Taoism quotes by Alan W. Watts
#168. Is a long life such a good thing if it is lived in daily dread of death or in constant search for satisfaction in a tomorrow which never comes? #Quote by Alan W. Watts
Taoism quotes by Benjamin Hoff
#169. But the basic Taoism that we are concerned with here is simply a particular way of appreciating, learning from, and working with whatever happens in everyday life. #Quote by Benjamin Hoff
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#170. The fish cannot leave the deep waters. The state's weaponry should not be displayed. #Quote by Laozi
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#171. I have three treasures that I cherish. The first is compassion. The second is moderation. The third is not claiming to be first in the world. #Quote by Laozi
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#172. As soon as rules were made, names were given. There are already many names. One must know when it is enough. #Quote by Laozi
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#173. A good wanderer leaves no trace. #Quote by Laozi
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#174. The greatest virtue is to follow the Way utterly. #Quote by Laozi
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#175. Can you step back from your own mind and thus understand all things? #Quote by Laozi
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#176. Be in harmony with the Tao, with the basic principles of creation. To not be in harmony with that flow, no matter how hard you meditate, you will not be happy and you won't be liberated. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
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#177. By moderation one can be generous. #Quote by Laozi
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#178. Fine words are traded. Noble deeds gain respect. But people who are not good, why abandon them? #Quote by Laozi
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#179. He likes to use his wit and verbal finesse to confuse others and win arguments. Although he can argue successfully that white is black and straight is crooked, you walk away with the feeling that he's won the argument not because he is correct but because you can't outwit him. #Quote by Liezi
Taoism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#180. When there is time, there has to be suffering. Because in time there's desire and attachment and transition. This is the world of experience. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
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#181. I do not know its name. I call it the Way. For the lack of better words I call it great. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Amy Tan
#182. The gnarled pine, I would have said, touch it. This is China. Horticulturalists around the world have come to study it. Yet no one has ever been able to explain why it grows like a corkscrew, just as no one can adequately explain China. But like that tree, there it is, old, resilient, and oddly magnificent. Within that tree are the elements in nature that have inspired Chinese artists for centuries: gesture over geometry, subtlety over symmetry, constant flow over static form.
And the temples, walk and touch them. This is China. Don't merely stare at these murals and statues. Fly up to the crossbeams, get down on your hands and knees, and press your head to the floor tiles. Hide behind that pillar and come eye to eye with its flecks of paint. Imagine that you are the interior decorator who is a thousand years in age. Start with a bit of Tibetan Buddhism, plus a dash each of animism and Taoism. A hodgepodge, you say? No, what is in those temples is an amalgam that is pure Chinese, a lovely shabby elegance, a glorious new motley that makes China infinitely intriguing. Nothing is ever completely thrown away and replaced. If one period of influence falls out of favor, it is patched over. The old views still exist, one chipped layer beneath, ready to pop through with the slightest abrasion.
That is the Chinese aesthetic and also its spirit. Those are the traces that have affected all who have traveled along China's roads. #Quote by Amy Tan
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#183. Those who advice the ruler on the Way, do not want the world subdued with weapons. #Quote by Laozi
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#184. It can be passed on, but not received.
It can be obtained, but not seen.
可傳而不可受,可得而不可見. #Quote by Zhuangzi
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#185. Lao-tze's Taoism is the exhibition of a way or method of living which men should cultivate as the highest and purest development of their nature. #Quote by James Legge
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#186. The most difficult in the world must be easy in its beginning. #Quote by Laozi
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#187. The Way of Tao is this: It strives not, but conquers; It speaks not, but all is made clear; It summons not, but its house is crowded; It contrives not, but the design is perfect. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Zhuangzi
#188. When a man does not dwell in self, then things will of themselves reveal their forms to him. His movement is like that of water, his stillness like that of a mirror, his responses like those of an echo. #Quote by Zhuangzi
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#189. The more you talk of it, the less you understand. #Quote by Laozi
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#190. Holding on to the weak is called strength. #Quote by Laozi
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#191. What people loathe the most is to be orphaned, desolate, unworthy. But this is what princes and kings call themselves. #Quote by Laozi
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#192. Lao Tsu always points a finger directly to us. He says we must begin with ourselves. It's impossible to bring order into the world unless we bring order into ourselves. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
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#193. The sage does not strive to be great. Thereby he can accomplish the great. #Quote by Laozi
Taoism quotes by Liezi
#194. Strength should always be complimented by softness. If you resist too much, you will break. Thus, the strong person knows when to use strength and when to yield, and good fortune and disaster depend on whether you know how and when to yield. #Quote by Liezi
Taoism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#195. Unconscious of the existence of Tao, beings live supposing themselves to be separate from the universal intelligence, supposing themselves to be powerful or to be weak, thinking that they live their lives and die their deaths. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
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#196. The Way is ever without action, yet nothing is left undone. #Quote by Laozi
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#197. Can you be a little baby? The baby howls all day, yet its throat never gets hoarse - harmony at its height! The baby makes fists all day, yet its fingers never get cramped - virtue is all it holds to. The baby stares all day without blinking its eyes - it has no preferences in the world of externals. #Quote by Zhuangzi
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#198. When people are determined they can overcome anything. #Quote by Ian Moore
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#199. If a man, having lashed two hulls together, is crossing a river, and an empty boat happens along and bumps into him, no matter how hot-tempered the man may be, he will not get angry. But if there should be someone in the other boat, then he will shout out to haul this way or veer that. If his first shout is unheeded, he will shout again, and if that is not heard, he will shout a third time, this time with a torrent of curses following. In the first instance, he wasn't angry; now in the second he is. Earlier he faced emptiness, now he faces occupancy. If a man could succeed in making himself empty, and in that way wander through the world, then who could do him harm? #Quote by Zhuangzi
Taoism quotes by Zhuangzi
#200. The Perfect Man uses his mind like a mirror - going after nothing, welcoming nothing, responding but not storing. #Quote by Zhuangzi

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