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Lao-Tzu – Author of Tao Te Ching (China b. 604 BC)

Shri Lao-Tzu, also known as Laozi, was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer who lived in the 6th century BCE. He is widely regarded as the author of the Tao Te Ching, one of the most influential texts in Chinese philosophy and religion. The Tao Te Ching is a collection of 81 verses that explores the concept of Tao, or the ultimate reality of the universe.

Shri Lao-Tzu is said to have been born in the state of Chu and to have worked as a librarian and archivist in the royal court. According to legend, he left the court to wander the countryside and eventually reached the border of the state of Wei. There, he was stopped by a guard who asked him to write down his wisdom before he continued his journey. This written wisdom became the Tao Te Ching.

The Tao Te Ching is a mystical and enigmatic text that explores the concept of Tao and the path to living in harmony with it. It emphasizes the importance of humility, simplicity, and non-action, and encourages readers to let go of their desires and attachments to the material world. The text asserts that the Tao is the source of all things and that everything in the universe, including human beings, flows in accordance with its eternal, unchanging nature.

Shri Lao-Tzu's teachings have had a profound impact on Chinese culture and have inspired countless other spiritual and philosophical traditions, including Confucianism, Taoism, and Zen Buddhism. The Tao Te Ching is still widely read and studied today, and its teachings continue to be relevant and inspiring to people of all cultures and backgrounds.

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"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."

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

"Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures."

"The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own."

"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power."

"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny."

"He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty."

"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."

"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."

"Silence is a source of great strength."

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

"Act without expectation."

"The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world."

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

"Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment."

"To lead people, walk beside them."

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."

"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."

"The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal name."

"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love."

"Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know."

"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."

"The more that laws and regulations are given prominence, the more thieves and robbers there will be."

"At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want."

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

"One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him."

"When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you."

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

"If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself."


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