Type: Philosopher and poet of ancient China, Founder of Taoism
Born: 6th–5th Century BC, Zhou Dynasty
Died: 5th-4th Century BC, Zhou Dynasty
Lao Tzu (also Laozi or Lao-Tze) was a philosopher and poet of ancient China. He is known as the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism, and as a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.
If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.
Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.
We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.
We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.
We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.
Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.
The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.
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.
a time to live
and a time to die
but never to reject the moment.
When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Watch your step.
Klar sieht, wer von ferne sieht, nebelhaft, wer Anteil nimmt.
Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.
The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.