Picture of Lao Tzu


Hello and Welcome,

So glad you could join me here today to enjoy reading the writings of (as my research has revealed) no doubt the wisest and most profound of all the greatest teachers to walk the earth. I have recently finished my third reading of Lao Tzu’s  most famous book The Tao Te Ching, which has brought me a much greater understanding of the happiness, pleasure and peace, a simple life offers. Simply by letting nature, and specifically, water be your teacher of so many simple truths.

The book has changed my life and the way I look at things, however, it was not until I  researched Lao Tzu’s quotes that I realised the true wisdom of his work. You will no doubt notice, as I did the number of quotes repeated by western society, and how many are used and appear to be owned by some of today’s ‘successful’ entrepreneurs. No matter as long as they are put out there and used as wisdom and knowledge for change.

Please enjoy as much as I have the wisdom and knowledge of Lao Tzu –


Who was Lao Tzu?

Lao Tzu was born in 604 BC in Henan China. He is considered the father and founder of philosophical Taoism (A philosophy that advocates living a simple life) He was both a philosopher and writer.

His greatest work is the Tao Te Ching, meaning ‘The Way and its Power’. Being a Taoist meant that he sought the answer to questions about humans and their place in the universe.


Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength- while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

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

Knowing others is intelligence, knowing yourself is true wisdom.

Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.

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.

Those who know, do not speak – and those who speak, do not know.

When you are content with yourself, don’t compare or compete, and everyone will respect you.

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

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.Lao Tzu Quote; Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

The best fighter is never angry.

Time is a creative thing, to say I don’t have time is like saying I don’t want to.

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others approval. Because when one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.

A man with outward courage dares to die, a man with inner courage dares to live.

Care about what other people think, and you’ll always be their prisoner.

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.

Be careful what you water your dreams with, water them with worry and fear, and you’ll produce weeds that choke the life from your dream, water them with optimism and solutions, and you will cultivate success.

Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem, into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.

Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are, when you realise there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.Picture of Lao Tzu riding a cow along side a riverbank

At the centre of your being, you know who you are, and you know what you want.

Stop thinking and end your problems.

Manifest plainness, brace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.

A good traveller has no fixed plans. and is not intent on arriving.

In dwelling, live close to the ground, in thinking keep to the simple, in conflict be fair and generous, in governing don’t try to control, in work do what you enjoy, in family life be completely present.

I have just three things to teach, simplicity, compassion and patience, these three are your greatest treasures.

If you realise 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.

Love is a decision, not an emotion.

We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside, that holds whatever we want.

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear, and when the student is truly ready, the teacher will disappear.

Watch your thoughts they become words, watch your words they become actions, watch your actions they become habits, watch your habits they become your character, watch your character it becomes your destiny.

The more laws that are written the more criminals are produced.

New beginnings, are often disguised as painful endings.

If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be truly fulfilled.

The heart that gives, gathers.

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

Before we move onto the next of the Chinese legends, I’d like to quote the words of Confucious after he first visited Lao Tzu, he paid tribute to the older Lao Tzu for some his teachings. When he said:





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Confuscious stands with a tall staff before an image of the creator


Who was Confucious?

Confucious was born in 551BC and died in 479BC. He is Chinas most famous teacher and philosopher, he was also an editor and politician.

Throughout mankind’s history, Confucious is widely considered one of the most influential and important individuals in affecting the lives of humanity. His teachings and philosophy have greatly impacted people around the world and still do today.


The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential, these are the keys that will unlock the doors to personal excellence.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it.

Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work another day in your life.Chinese painting of Confuscious holding a baby while its mother asks for his blessing

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.

I want you to be all that is you, deep at the centre of your being.

Never impose on others, what you would not choose for yourself.

He who learns but does not think is lost, he who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.

He that would perfect his work, must first sharpen his tools.

If you look into your own heart and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about, what is there to fear.

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

Respect others, and others will respect you.

Men’s natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.

When anger arises think of the consequences.

When we see men of a contrary nature, we should turn inward and examine ourselves.

A man who has committed a mistake and does not correct it is committing another mistake.

It is better to light one small candle, than curse the darkness.

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.Painting of Confucious using the third eye while masses of confused people stand around

To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order, to put the nation in order we must put the family in order, to put the family in order  we must cultivate our personal life, and to cultivate our personal life we must first set our hearts right,

He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice

By three methods we may learn wisdom, first by reflection which is noblest, second by imitation which is easiest, and third by experience which is the bitterest.

To love a thing means wanting it to live.

The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man without trials.

Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.

As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise man adapts himself to circumstances.

To know is to know that you know nothing, that is the meaning of true knowledge.

Photo of a hummingbird stationary in flight

Well, sadly we come to the end of one of my favourite posts of two great Chinese men. Funny how in western culture we tend to look down on not just the Chinese and their culture but generally any country that doesn’t have English as there native tongue.

Researching these two men has been fascinating to me. Please if you would like to share any thoughts with myself and my readers don’t hesitate to do so in the comment section below. Also if you are keen to read some other words of wisdom please visit my other recent post, ENLIGHTENMENT QUOTES including writings from Buddha, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Mohammed and Jesus.

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  1. I always enjoy these simple, one sentence words of wisdom.

    It is the philosophical simplicity of E=MC2, though, and takes genius to condense to such a palatable, accessible level.

    I do wonder, however, how many unattributed Chinese proverbs have been latterly credited to Lao Tzu and Confucius. In much the same way witticisms have been attached to Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde.

    One Chinese proverb I remember reading in the foreword of a book many years ago was, “Know yourself and ride a tiger; unable to stay on, yet afraid to get off.” I wondered if that was going to be in your list, if the source was one of these men, but I see not, so I think that’s one unattributed proverb that’s going to stay that way.

    1. Hi Adam,

      Thanks for you thoughts on Enlightenment Quotes from both Lao Tzu and Confucius.You have made some interesting comments and your right,because they lived so long ago there are many different opinions on who said what and who wrote that, although the sources of the wisdom may not be that important in the end. I like  your quote about riding the tiger which I suggests the act of courage. I researched it’s owner but was unable to find it’s origin so I think you should claim it : )

      Thanks so much Adam

      All the Very Best to you.


  2. I’m moved by both these men’s  words, thank you for sharing this. I read books a lot, but I never fully knew who Lao Tzu really is, until now.

    On of the quote that made me smile in agreement was “When you are content with yourself, don’t compare or compete and everyone will respect you”. People these days, especially on social media, compare themselves to their peers, models, and friends so much so that it destroys them because they see and feel they’re not good enough. They must stop competing in order to live.

    I’m going to bookmark this because it is so awesome! I’ll come back to see who else you choose to share with us! Thanks!

    1. Hello Marques

      Nice to hear from you again, and your comment is so relevant to social media, with regards to the quote that made you smile. The insecurities caused by the comparisons made on social media is really of great concern.It’s not the place to be if you want your long term self esteem to improve.

      Thanks for your thoughts, and always great to hear from you.


  3. Thank you for sharing Lao-Tzu! Very inspirational this morning for me. What I learnt from his words is that living in the present moment with gratitude and love is the most important gift we can give to ourselves. Life is suffering and the question is will you succumb to the suffering or use it to make yourself better. In the end all we can  do is change are ourselves.

    1. Hello Stacy,

      So glad to know you were able to get some inspiration from the wonderful words of wisdom Lao Tzu has shared with the world. He has many jewels of wisdom and we can be forever grateful for his sharing.The present moment is the shining light that can take us away from those other dark places of suffering, namely our memory and our sometimes warped imagination. When we come to realize that we are 100% totally responsible for every thought feeling and emotion, we can then start to focus on changing ourselves and become ” One with Life’

      Thank You Stacy

      With gratitude 


  4. I think one of the most profound things in life is to be content with what you have. It seems we get that new whatever and as soon as we have it, our eyes are drawn to the newer one, the more updated one, the one with more features. I struggle with that one concept often. I am a Christian, and our bible teaches us that to be content with what God has given us is to be happy and at peace. I thank God each day for all I have and for all the people in my life.

    There was so much meat in this article, and so many take-aways. All of them designed to improve life. I love it. I’m bookmarking this page to re-visit it often.

    Thanks for a great, inspirational article.


    1. Hi Babsie,

      What a lovely reply. I think you’ve touched on something that has become the norm for most people.Continually wanting more.Sometimes I think we have really lost our way with the truly important things in life.However as you mentioned gratitude for what we have is the answer. Our longing for more with the mind set that some material item is going to make us happy will take us to the grave never having really lived

      Thanks so much


  5. Words of wisdom can both be long and short but when they are short, they seem to convey a lot of messages or others to comprehend. This is simply great to see and I value every bit of this post. Thank you so much for sharing all these. Living a life worthy requires to identify the fundamentals about life and the meanings. Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Rodarrick, Welcome back my friend. I love the messages from these 2 wise men. They truly put things into perspective about how we can, if we choose,to live our lives. Great to see you here again, I truly value your comments my friend.

      Cheers for now 


  6. Lao Tzu is one of the greatest philosophers of this world, I do not allow their works to be joked with because I respect them a lot. All the quote words of wisdom here are simply great and will serve as guidance to anyone willing to learn from the knowledge they pass across here. Simply awesome ones and great minds of the World. thanks

    1. Hey Bella, So happy you enjoyed the writings that have been shared. I makes my writing so worth while to have my readers enjoy and relate to such great wisdom. Thanks so much Bella!


  7. Great article. I’m quite adept with personal development and reading about one of the greatest teachers is just amazing and inspirational. I watched the trailer of the movie “Confucious” by John Woo,  I think it would be interesting to watch the whole movie. I have learned something new out of your post . Thank you for your great article. 

    1. Hi Randy, Nice to have you here again for your insightful thoughts. You mentioned the movie about Confucious and I have plans to watch it tonight. We are all just students and can learn from the wise ones no matter what era they come from.Look forward to hearing from you again soon Randy


  8. Lao Tzu is very cool guy., I remember reading his quotes about 8 years ago.  He is the master of being cool, calm, and collected.  Not to mention being very wise and being a philosophical genius. 

    Basically he is a legend.  His energy is very calm and relaxed. He is a guy that is content in every moment. He understands that the key to happiness is letting every situation be as it is, rather then what you think it should be.

    There is beauty in every moment, you can just relax and stop striving to get to some destination in the future that you think will bring you happiness and fulfillment. When you become “successful enough” then you will be happy.

    No, because then you will just want more success. So they key is to be happy and enthusiastic about every moment that you live in. Thanks for this awesome article. This is a very cool post.

    1. Hello Jake, Really cool to have you hear again. Your comment is really spot on mate. You have a great understanding of what’s truly important and that thrills me to bits. You are always welcome here my friend, you have reminded us all of some profound truths

      Namaste my friend


  9. I so much agree with you that Confucious is a very great and helpful teacher and philosopher that has impacted so much into humanity, this I actually the first time I’m reading about this works extensively and I’m really opportune to be able to reach it. I’ve gained a lot from this article and think it’ll be a great idea to share it with some other people, I’ll share it. I believe words of wisdom are really useful and they last longer even than money. Thanks.

    1. Hey there, Thanks so much for your comment. To think that you enjoyed it so much that you will share with others has truly made my day. We can all make a difference to ourselves and to the world. Please share share share.. Bless you my friend


  10. Hi Paul,

    Thanks again for another informative and insightful post. To be honest, whenever I read your posts I learn loads of valuable information many thanks for your research.

    Oh My GOD! Truly the first quote itself gave me great insights and revelation (Being deeply loved…). Stealing someone quotes and work is really not a honest thing. I am unaware that the quote “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” is Tao Te Ching. I even used that quote yesterday.

    I am not exaggerating really I am excited. A Few weeks before I spoke about the difference between Knowledge and Wisdom. I said “Knowledge is Knowing and Wisdom is doing” & “Knowledge is collection of data and Wisdom is using the collected data” Now I will add “Knowing others is intelligence, knowing yourself is true wisdom.” and I believe this is the great definition & difference but I will give credit to Tao Te Ching when I use it.

    To be honest I spent nearly one hour in this post and I am yet to finish it. I keep on meditating what I am learning from these great quotes. So I am bookmarking your post one read is not enough.

    1. Hey there Paul, I was so excited to see your post, you always have a great appreciation of the work that I am blessed to share. I hope you are able to use many of the wise words that can be found here. I sit here grateful for your words and to those who have shared such wisdom through the ages.

      Gratitude and blessing my friend 


  11. I must confess that  this is by far the best article I’ve seen today and it’s been of great assistance to me. These two great men and mentors left the greatest legacies in words and they are always around to help us in making some wise decisions at a point in our lives. I’ll bookmark this website, I really need to be checking it constantly because of the useful quote that are in it and most of all, thank you so much for posting it.

    1. Hi Wildecoll,

      Thanks for the kind words, i’m so grateful. Please know you are welcome here always ad if you are able to put just one of the quotes into your daily practice it will make your life a whole lot more comfortable Kindest Regards


  12. I first heard about Confucious from my husband, he’s a big time lover of his quotes and he makes reference to some of them that he has stored in his head. It’s very good to read words of wisdom like these, they cheer you up and inspire you to pursue your goals. All the quotes here are really helpful but the one that got me amazed the most was that which is”The more the law, the more the criminals are produced. I’ll share this article ti my husband, he’s gonna love it.

    1. Hello Ros, Great to have you back again. I love the quote you mentioned too, so original but true. The more laws that are made the more criminals we create..Totally profound. Say hello to your hubby for me and tell him to send me a few of his favourite quotes..Please!

      Bless you 

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