Words of wisdom, they survive through each change that comes in time, and they inspire the coming generations. The lessons taught by one of the most famous Chinese philosophers of all time, and a central figure in China for many Centuries, named Lao Tzu, are of great importance to be known.
He’s the author of the Tao Te Ching, which is a guide to every spiritual student, and he’s the founder of philosophical Taoism. It’s believed that he was a record keeper in the court of the central Chinese Zhou Dynasty, in the sixth century B.C., and an older contemporary of Confucius.
He left the Zhou court because he grew tired of life, because of the moral corruption, and according to a legend, he had crossed the western border of the Chinese empire, and he disappeared from history, maybe to become a hermit!
Today, there are at least 20 million Taoists around the world, especially in Taiwan and China. The Tao Te Ching has 81 chapters, and all of them reveal wisdom about the human life, consciousness, and nature.
Lao Tzu considers Tao to be the ‘indistinct unceasing cognizance’s that made the whole universe: “There was something undefined and impeccable before the universe was conceived. It is peaceful. Void. Singular. Perpetual. Unbounded. Unceasingly present. It is the mother of the universe. For absence of a superior name, I consider it the Tao.”
He prompted people to live in harmony with themselves as well as other people, and his pearls of intelligence assist individuals with accomplishing self-acknowledgment and discover concordance with themselves and the world.
Here are some of the most important quotes by Lao Tzu:
1. Be yourself and love yourself as well, and others will love you too.
If you care about others’ approval, you will be their prisoner. When you’re just yourself and don’t compete or compare, nobody will respect you.
2. Ignore evil until you kill it.
Give evil nothing to oppose, and it is going to disappear.
3. The answer you’re looking for is within yourself.
At the focal point of your being you have the appropriate response; you know what your identity is and you comprehend what you need. At the point when I let go of what I am, I become what I may be.
Realizing others is knowledge, realizing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, but mastering others is the real power.
4. Be humble.
All streams stream to the ocean since it is lower than they are. Quietude gives it its capacity. The insightful man is one who, knows, what he doesn’t have a clue.
5. There’s no real happiness in your ego.
He who defines himself, cannot know who he really is.
He who tries to shine, dims his own light!
He who has power over the others cannot empower himself.
6. Accept change and embrace it.
In the event that you understand that everything change, there is nothing you will attempt to clutch. On the off chance that you are not terrified of passing on, there is nothing you can’t accomplish. Fresh starts are regularly camouflaged as difficult endings.
7. Kindness and goodness always win.
Kindness in words makes certainty. Kindness in speculation makes significance. Generosity in giving makes love.
Treat the individuals who are acceptable with goodness, and furthermore treat the individuals who are bad with goodness. In this way goodness is achieved. Be straightforward to the individuals who are straightforward, and be likewise legit to the individuals who are not genuine.
Therefore genuineness is accomplished. Being profoundly cherished by somebody invigorates you while adoring somebody profoundly gives you mental fortitude.
8. Be patient and learn to let go.
By releasing it everything completes. The world is won by the individuals who let it go. Be that as it may, when you attempt and attempt. The world is past the triumphant.
Do you have the tolerance to hold up till your mud settles and the water is clear? Would you be able to stay still until the correct action emerges by itself?
Let yourself be partial, if you want to become whole. Let yourself be crooked, if you want to be straight. First let yourself be empty, if you want to become full. Let yourself die if you want to be reborn. And if you want to get everything, first you must lose and give up everything.
So, the Master acts without doing anything and teaching without saying a word. Things arise and she’s letting them come, and things disappear and she also lets them go. When her work is done she forgets about it. That is why it lasts forever!