Please find below a curated list of 251 of The Best Tao Quotes by notable women and men. Please consider sharing with others any of the Tao Quotes that resonate.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.
If you don’t change direction, you end up where you are headed.
The essence of the Way is detachment. And the goal of those who practice is freedom from appearances.
The true Way is sublime. It can’t be expressed in language. Of what use are scriptures? But someone who sees his own nature finds the Way, even if he can’t read a word.
Someone who seeks the Way doesn’t look beyond himself.
Because of a great love, one is courageous.
The great Way is easy, yet people prefer the side paths. Be aware when things are out of balance. Stay centered within the Tao.
The great Tao flows everywhere. All things are born from it, yet it doesn’t create them. It pours itself into its work, yet it makes no claim. It nourishes infinite worlds, yet it doesn’t hold on to them. Since it is merged with all things and hidden in their hearts, it can be called humble. Since all things vanish into it and it alone endures, it can be called great. It isn’t aware of its greatness; thus it is truly great.
The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment. For only those who are not full are able to be used which brings the feeling of completeness.
That which offers no resistance can enter where there is no space.
Stop thinking, and end your problems.
Pooh is able to accomplish what he does because he is simpleminded.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.
Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.
A clever mind is not a heart. Knowledge doesn’t really care, wisdom does.
Darkness, whether in mood or in night, is natural. So if we flow with the black bile of melancholia and endure the terrible darkness of depression, eventually we will break through into the light of joy. This is the Tao (the Way) of darkness or depression–this is the Mystery of its evolution.
Everything has its own place and function. That applies to people, although many don’t seem to realize it, stuck as they are in the wrong job, the wrong marriage, or the wrong house. When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong. You also know where you don’t belong.
Frequently we’re asked to come in when the Tao is conflict and crisis. We encourage people to let that Tao happen and not repress it. Especially in new age circles, people just hate conflict and try to repress it.
Through working in harmony with life’s circumstances, Taoist understanding changes what others may percieve as negative into something positive.
The Tao belongs neither to knowing nor not knowing. Knowing is false understanding; not knowing is blind ignorance. If you really understand the Tao beyond doubt, it’s like the empty sky. Why drag in right and wrong?
A well-frog cannot imagine the ocean, nor can a summer insect conceive of ice. How then can a scholar understand the Tao? He is restricted by his own learning.
When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong. You also know where you don’t belong.
It means that Tao doesn’t force or interfere with things, but lets them work in their own way, to produce results naturally. Then whatever needs to be done is done.
Wenn jemand sich in Inkarnation befindet, bietet ihm dieser Körper das Problem, das er erlernen muss oder (wenn die Evolution fortgeschritten ist) bietet den Träger, der sich für die Art der jeweiligen Aufgabe am besten eignet. Ein orientalischer Körpertyp hat eine gewisse Anzahl von Fähigkeiten, und ein abendländischer Körpertyp weist andere und, wenn ich so sagen darf, ebenso gute Eignungen auf.
The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard – one that thinks too much.
You’d be surprised how many people violate this simple principle every day of their lives and try to fit square pegs into round holes, ignoring the clear reality that Things Are As They Are.
Lots of people talk to animals… Not very many listen, though… That’s the problem.
If this seems complex, the reason is because Tao is both simple and complex. It is complex when we try to understand it, and simple when we allow ourselves to experience it.
The amount that she loved us was beyond her reach. It could not be quantified or contained. It was the ten thousand named things in the Tao Te Ching’s universe and then ten thousand more. Her love was full-throated and all-encompassing and unadorned. Every day she blew through her entire reserve.
Many roads lead to the Path, but basically there are only two: reason and practice.
When you discard arrogance, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way, sooner or later you will discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun.
True zazen is surrendering every moment. But surrendering to what? It really does not matter what we call it: God or the Tao or the Dharma or the Buddha or our true nature. . . . It is the act of letting go, of surrendering, that matters. The very act of letting go opens us up completely.
To find the Tao, there is nowhere you need to search. If it is not inside you, it is not the Tao.
But if you do not have the Tao yourself, what business have you spending your time in vain efforts to bring corrupt politicians into the right path?