Words of Wisdom from Lao Tzu Part 3

Here is part 3 of the words of wisdom from Lao Tzu are from his famous book, Tao Te Ching. We are taught that “The tao that can be told of is not the absolute tao,” so please take this to heart as you explore these teachings.

Lao-TzuOn silence:

“Silence is a source of great strength.”

“Express yourself completely, then keep quiet. Be like the forces of nature: when it blows, there is only wind; when it rains, there is only rain; when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.”

On non-being:

“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.”

On doing nothing:

“When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.”

On the great secret:

“What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher? What is a bad man but a good man’s job? If you don’t understand this, you will get lost, however intelligent you are. It is the great secret.”

On knowing and not knowing:

“The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know.”

On loving:

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

On kindness:

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

On changing direction:

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”

On contentment:

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”

On being good:

“Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.”

If you missed part 2, click here.

Today’s teachings on loving and kindness are the ones that resonated with me the most. How about you?

Books by Lao Tzu

Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu

Most philosophies and religions borrow traits from earlier schools, and indeed some of China’s most famous – including Confucianism and Buddhism – derive from Taoism, whose most important text is the Tao Te Ching, which hails from around 500 BCE and is attributed to Lao Tzu. Lao Tzu is thought… [Read More…]

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