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Lao Tzu: 604 BC -531 BC, Henan, China

Lao Tzu (“Old Master”) was a philosopher of ancient China. He is best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”

“Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.”

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.”

“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.”

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”

“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.”

“Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of
softness overcoming hardness.”

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”

Book, Tao Te Ching. Available here: