Lao-Tzu was a legendary Chinese philosopher, famous for finding the philosophical system of Taoism. His name is not personal, but it is an honorific title meaning ‘Old Man’ or ‘Old Teacher’. It is still not known whether an individual by that name ever existed or whether Lao-Tzu is an amalgam of many different philosophers. EliteColumn has picked some of his best meaningful quotes to revive the lost soul in you and feed some positive thoughts. Lao Tzu quotes will empower you and here are 12 of most famous Lao Tzu Quotes.

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  1. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

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

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

4. “Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.” – Lao Tzu

5. “The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.” – Lao Tzu

6. “Who acts in stillness finds stillness in his life.” – Lao Tzu

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7. “From caring comes courage.” – Lao Tzu

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

9. “Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao Tzu

10. “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

11. “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu

12. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

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13. “Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.” – Lao Tzu

14. “He who is contented is rich.” – Lao Tzu

15. “By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.” – Lao Tzu

16. “Love is a decision. Not an emotion.” – Lao Tzu

17. “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu

18. “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.” – Lao Tzu

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19. “Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.” – Lao Tzu

20. “Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.” – Lao Tzu

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

22. “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

23. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu

24. “A man with outward courage dares to die: a man with inner courage dares to live.” – Lao Tzu

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25. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

26. “For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.” – Lao Tzu

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

28. “At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” – Lao Tzu

29. “If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.” – Lao Tzu

30. “Surrender your self-interest. Love others as much as you love yourself. Then you can be entrusted with all things under heaven.” – Lao Tzu

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31. “To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” – Lao Tzu

32. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Lao Tzu

33. “Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.” – Lao Tzu

34. “The words of truth are always paradoxical” – Lao Tzu

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

36. “If you want to know me look inside your heart.”  – Lao Tzu

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37. “Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.” – Lao Tzu

38. “Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” – Lao Tzu

39. “When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready… The teacher will disappear.” – Lao Tzu

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

41. “All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power.” – Lao Tzu

42. “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small.” – Lao Tzu

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43. “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” – Lao Tzu

44. “The best fighter is never angry.” – Lao Tzu

45. “Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?” – Lao Tzu

46. “Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.” – Lao Tzu

47. “There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.” – Lao Tzu

48. “Success is as dangerous as failure. Hope is as hollow as fear.” – Lao Tzu

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49. “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” – Lao Tzu

50. “If I had just a little bit of wisdom I should walk the great path and fear only straying from it.” – Lao Tzu

51. “What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher. What is a bad man but a good man’s job.” – Lao Tzu

52. “The master dwells in the substantial and not in the superficial. Rests in the fruit and not in the flower.” – Lao Tzu

53. “The best of all leaders is the one who helps people so that eventually they don’t need him.” – Lao Tzu

54. “If we could renounce our sageness and discard our wisdom, it would be better for the people a hundredfold.”- Lao Tzu

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55. “To see things in the seed, that is genius.” – Lao Tzu

56. “When there is silence one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself.” – Lao Tzu

57. “The soft overcomes the hard; and the weak the strong.” – Lao Tzu

58. “Simplicity has no name is free of desires. Being free of desires it is tranquil. And the world will be at peace of it’s own accord.” – Lao Tzu

59. “The ruler attains wholeness in the correct governance of the people.” – Lao Tzu

60. “Every journey begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

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61. “Silence is a source of great strength.” – Lao Tzu

62. “The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.” – Lao Tzu

63. “Wasting energy to obtain rare objects only impedes one’s growth.” – Lao Tzu

64. “To avoid disappointment, know what is sufficient. To avoid trouble, know when to stop. If you are able to do this, you will last a long time.” – Lao Tzu

65. “Act without expectation.” Lao Tzu

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

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67. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

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

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

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

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