Taoism Quotes

New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.
“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”
Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil.
“Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil.”
Taoism has no rules. It's a suggestion for perceiving life in its wholeness, without unnecessary categorization, yet enjoying the beauty of categorization.
“Taoism has no rules. It's a suggestion for perceiving life in its wholeness, without unnecessary categorization, yet enjoying the beauty of categorization.”
Great acts are made up of small deeds.
“Great acts are made up of small deeds.”
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”
When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.
“He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.”
Because of a great love, one is courageous.
“Because of a great love, one is courageous.”
Silence is a source of great strength.
“Silence is a source of great strength.”
When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”
Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.
“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.”
The best fighter is never angry.
“The best fighter is never angry.”
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.
“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.”
There is no certainty; there is only adventure.
“There is no certainty; there is only adventure.”
Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.
“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.”
Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do.
“Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do.”
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
“Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.”
You will know your path by the way you feel.
“You will know your path by the way you feel.”
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
Whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. What is soft is strong.
“Whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. What is soft is strong.”
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”
Ordinary men hate solitude. But the master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe.
“Ordinary men hate solitude. But the master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe.”
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”
To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.
“To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.”
Love is a decision - not an emotion.
“Love is a decision - not an emotion.”
Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.
“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.”
Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.
“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”
A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.
“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”
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.
“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.”
There is no illusion greater than fear.
“There is no illusion greater than fear.”
If lightning is the anger of the gods, then the gods are concerned mostly about trees.
“If lightning is the anger of the gods, then the gods are concerned mostly about trees.”
Speak plainly instead of hiding what you mean inside vague words.
“Speak plainly instead of hiding what you mean inside vague words.”
To lead the people, walk behind them.
“To lead the people, walk behind them.”
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
Trying to control the future is like trying to take the master carpenter's place. When you handle the master carpenter's tools, chances are that you'll cut your hand.
“Trying to control the future is like trying to take the master carpenter's place. When you handle the master carpenter's tools, chances are that you'll cut your hand.”
Your own positive future begins in this moment. All you have is right now. Every goal is possible from here.
“Your own positive future begins in this moment. All you have is right now. Every goal is possible from here.”
At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”
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.
“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.”
Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
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.
“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.”
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”
Time is a created thing. To say I don't have time, is like saying, I don't want to.
“Time is a created thing. To say I don't have time, is like saying, I don't want to.”
If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.
“If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.”
Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.”
When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready... The teacher will disappear.
“When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready... The teacher will disappear.”
If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.
“If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.”