CHINESE WORDS OF WISDOM FROM TWO GREAT MASTERS
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.
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.
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:
OF BIRDS I KNOW THAT THEY HAVE WINGS TO FLY WITH – OF FISH THAT THEY HAVE FINS TO SWIM WITH – OF WILD BEASTS THAT THEY HAVE FEET TO RUN WITH
FOR FEET THERE ARE TRAPS – FOR FINS NETS – FOR WINGS ARROWS – BUT WHO KNOWS HOW DRAGONS SURMOUNT WIND AND CLOUD INTO HEAVEN?
THIS DAY I HAVE SEEN [LAO -TZU] AND HE IS A DRAGON
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.
WISE WORDS OF WISDOM
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wisdom and Kindness Always
Truly My Pleasure