Rudi Zimmerer

Lao Tzu Quotes


Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

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.

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.

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

The truth is not always beautiful,
nor beautiful words are the truth.

Time is a created thing.
To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.

The best fighter is never angry.

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others.
Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval.
Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.

If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.

A man with outward courage dares to die;
a man with inner courage dares to live.

Care about what other people think
and you will always be their prisoner.

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.

Do you have the patience to wait
until your mud settles and the water is clear?

Silence is a source of Great Strength.

Great acts are made up of small deeds.

The world belongs to those who let go.

What the caterpillar calls the end,
the rest of the world calls a butterfly

New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.


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