Who was Lao Tzu?
You could also ask “Who was Laozi?”

Lao Tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer, and has also has been referred to as Lao-Tze, and Laozi.

His given name was actually named Li Er. Laozi is a honorary title, which was romanized in many different ways leading to our name-confusion.

Either way, it’s all the same guy!

He is the author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism….However, in the mid-twentieth century, an argument was made by scholars that the person known as Laozi is doubtful to have actually existed and that that the Tao Te Ching was “a compilation of Taoist sayings by many hands”. 

Of course, many others argue the opposite, and there is actually no way to know for sure!

What we do know is, no matter what name he goes by, and whether or not he actually existed, there are some INCREDIBLE quotes that he’s credited for.

These quotes are all simple and elegant, but at the same time make you think about yourself and your own views in a very deep way.

Expand Your Mind with this Essential Collection of Lao Tzu Quotes 

When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’ -Lao Tzu

 

If you do not change direction, you may end up where your are heading. -Lao Tzu

 

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. -Lao Tzu

 

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. -Lao Tzu

 

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough. -Lao Tzu

 

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. -Lao Tzu

 

Great acts are made up of small deeds. -Lao Tzu

 

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He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty. -Lao Tzu

 

The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself. -Lao Tzu

 

He who talks more is sooner exhausted. -Lao Tzu

 

Act without expectation. -Lao Tzu

 

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. -Lao Tzu

 

Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere. -Lao Tzu

 

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If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence. -Lao Tzu

 

Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness. -Lao Tzu

 

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

 

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. -Lao Tzu

 

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. -Lao Tzu

 

To lead people, walk behind them. -Lao Tzu

 

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The further one goes, the less one knows. -Lao Tzu

 

He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know. -Lao Tzu

 

When you accept yourself, the whole world accepts you. -Lao Tzu

 

Remind yourself daily, there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. -Lao Tzu

 

He, who tries to shine, dims his own light. -Lao Tzu

 

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. -Lao Tzu

 

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