Laozi Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Laozi quotes, Laozi sayings, and Laozi proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Geese are white, crows are black. No argument will change this. Laozi
The more sharp weapons people have in a country, the bigger the disorder will be. Laozi
The Way of the Sage is to act but not to compete. Laozi
The Sage expects no recognition for what he does; he achieves merit but does not take it to himself; he does not wish to display his worth. Laozi
The Sage expects no recognition for what he does; he achieves merit but does not take it to himself; he does not wish to display his worth. Laozi
The sage acts by doing nothing. Laozi
The sage avoids extremity, excess, and extravagance. Laozi
The sage governs by emptying senses and filling bellies. Laozi
The sage's Way is to act and not to contend. Laozi
A sage is skilled at helping people without excluding anyone. Laozi
The sage regards things as difficult, and thereby avoids difficulty. Laozi
The sage knows without traveling, perceives without looking, completes without acting. Laozi
The sage never strives for greatness, and can therefore accomplish greatness. Laozi
The sage does not attempt anything very big, and thus achieves greatness. Laozi
The sage attends to the belly, and not to what he sees. Laozi
The sage embraces the one, and is an example to the world. Laozi
The sage never strives for the great, and thereby the great is achieved. Laozi
The sage is one with the world, and lives in harmony with it. Laozi
The sage has no concern for himself, but makes the concerns of others his own. Laozi
The sage knows himself, but does not parade. He cherishes himself, but does not praise himself. Laozi
The sage honors his part of the settlement, but does not exact his due from others. Laozi
The sage does not attempt anything very big, and thus achieves greatness. Laozi
The sage does not act and therefore does not fail, does not seize and therefore does not lose. Laozi
The sage acts without taking credit. He accomplishes without dwelling on it. He does not want to display his worth. Laozi
The sage is sharp but does not cut, pointed but does not pierce, forthright but does not offend, bright but does not dazzle. Laozi
If the sage wants to stand above people, he must speak to them from below. If he wants to lead people, he must follow them from behind. Laozi
The highest benevolence acts without purpose. Laozi
When wisdom and knowledge appear, great pretense arises. Laozi
A good door needs no lock, still it can't be opened. Laozi
Water does not force its way. Laozi