Lao Zi, China

Philosopher and author of the Tao Te Ching. (born c. 600 BC)

  • Utopia

    Lao Zi, China

    (Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

    Let your community be small, with only a few people;
    Keep tools in abundance, but do not depend upon them;
    Appreciate your life and be content with your home;
    Sail boats and ride horses, but don't go too far;
    Keep weapons and armour, but do not employ them;
    Let everyone read and write,
    Eat well and make beautiful things.

    Live peacefully and delight in your own society;
    Dwell within cock-crow of your neighbours,
    But maintain your independence from them.

  • Knowing

    Lao Zi, China

    (Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

    Without taking a step outdoors
    You know the whole world;
    Without taking a peep out the window
    You know the colour of the sky.

    The more you experience,
    The less you know.
    The sage wanders without knowing,
    Sees without looking,
    Accomplishes without acting.

  • Let Go

    Lao Zi, China

    (Submitted by Bruno Biedenkopf, Germany)

    When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

  • A Single Step

    Lao Zi, China

    (Submitted by Allison Pawley, England)

    Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

  • Music in the Soul

    Lao Zi, China

    (Submitted by Stéphanie Moskovich, France)

    Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

  • Strength and Courage

    Lao Zi, China

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

  • Intuitive Understanding

    Lao Zi, China

    (Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

    The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.

  • All Things Change

    Lao Zi, China

    If you realise that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.