Profile: Central figure in Taoism. Best known for Tao Te Ching.
Number of Quotes: 14
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
A leader is best when people barely know that he exists.
Less good when they obey and acclaim him.
Worse when they fear and despise him.
Fail to honor people, and they fail to honor you.
But of a good leader, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say,We did this ourselves.
A terrace nine stories high rises from a handful of earth; A journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath one's feet.
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Failure is the foundation of success; success is the lurking place of failure.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
In government it is order that matters; In action it is timeliness that matters.
It is on disaster that good fortune perches; it is beneath good fortune that disaster crouches.
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.
The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas. Tolerant like the sky, all-pervading like sunlight, firm like a mountain, supple like a tree in the wind, he has no destination in view and makes use of anything life happens to bring his way.
The Master has no possessions. The more he does for others, the happier he is. The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.
To lead people, walk behind them.
Wise men don't need to prove their point; men who need to prove their point aren't wise.