Taoism Quotes

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Taoism Quotes: Inspire. Enlighten. Empower.

Modern translations of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu bring  Taoism quotes alive for 21st century thinkers and seekers.

“If good happens, good; if bad happens, good. ”
― Stephen Mitchell, Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

 “All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. humility gives it its power. if you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. if you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.”
― Stephen Mitchell, Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

“If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.”
― Stephen Mitchell, Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

“When there is no desire, all things are at peace.”
― Stephen Mitchell, Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

“Praise of power leads to weakness
Love of things leads to loss
The wise one leads by filling people’s hearts
He destroys illusion and disturbs those who believe they are wise
He does nothing yet everything happens”
— Rick Julian, The Red Pill: A Modern Tao Te Ching

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
― Stephen Mitchell, Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

“In the pursuit of knowledge, every day something is added.
In the practice of the Tao, every day something is dropped.”
― Stephen Mitchell, Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

“The Master’s power is like this.
He never expects results; thus he is never disappointed.
He is never disappointed; thus his spirit never grows old.”
― Stephen Mitchell, Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

“I am forever giving
Always within you
Do what you will with me.”
— Rick Julian, The Red Pill: A Modern Tao Te Ching

“What fills your glass is important
The emptiness of your glass makes filling it possible
The quiet mind learns best”
— Rick Julian, The Red Pill: A Modern Tao Te Ching

“Thinking is the root of your problems:
Winning and losing
Success and failure
Admiration or scorn
They do not matter
What is real is beyond category

Become empty
Quiet

The world is sufficient to your needs.
You are a ship on the ocean.
Greet the wind and the stillness equally.
I am the current.
— Rick Julian, The Red Pill: A Modern Tao Te Ching 

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.”
― Stephen Mitchell, Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

“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.”
― Stephen Mitchell, Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

“Receive the world like a child with open arms
And I will never leave you
Be among things yet not of them
Accept the world as it is
And I will glow in you
Revealing your nature

All things begin in nothing
Sculpture in a block of stone.
The wise one knows his tools well
Yet listens to the stone
And all things are accomplished”
— Rick Julian, The Red Pill: A Modern Tao Te Ching