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Stefan Stenudd

Stefan Stenudd

About me

I'm a Swedish writer and aikido instructor. In addition to fiction, I've written books about Taoism and other East Asian traditions. I'm also an historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. My personal website: stenudd.com


The book

Tao Quotes, the printed book and the Kindle ebook. What it contains and how to get it.


How to get in touch with me.

More on Taoism:


Introduction to Taoism, and the distinction between Taoist philosophy and Taoist religion.

Lao Tzu

The legendary orginiator of Taoism.

Chuang Tzu

The great 4th century BC Taoist Chuang Tzu and his writing.

Tao or Dao

What's with the spelling of Chinese words?

Tao Themes

The Tao Te Ching chapters sorted by themes.

Taoist blog

All the 81 chapters of the Tao Te Ching in a blog, where you can comment.

My Other Websites:

I Ching Online

The 64 hexagrams of the Chinese classic I Ching and what they mean in divination. Try it online for free.

Qi Energy Exercises

The ancient Chinese life energy qi (chi) explained, with simple instructions on how to exercise it.

Life Energy

The many life force beliefs all over the world, ancient and modern, explained.

Creation Myths

Creation stories from around the world, and the ancient cosmology they reveal.

Taoismen på svenska

Books by Stefan Stenudd:

Cosmos of the Ancients, by Stefan Stenudd.

Cosmos of the Ancients

The Greek philosophers and what they thought about cosmology, myth, and the gods, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

QI - increase your life energy, by Stefan Stenudd.

Qi - Increase your life energy

The life energy qi (also chi or ki) explained, with exercises on how to awaken, increase, and use it. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Aikido Principles, by Stefan Stenudd.

Aikido Principles

Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art
Aikido principles, philosophy, and basic ideas. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Tao Quotes

Tao, the Way.

The Sayings of the Tao Te Ching

The oldest and most important source to Taoism is the Tao Te Ching, a book that was composed somewhere in the 6th to 5th century BC, by the legendary writer Lao Tzu. It consists of 81 chapters and slightly more than 5,000 words. Here are 388 Tao quotes extracted from it, and sorted by topics - see the menu to the left.

Lots of Tao Quotes Around

The Tao Te Ching is quoted on the Internet and elsewhere, almost like no other source but the Bible and the plays of Shakespeare. Unfortunately, the Tao quotes are often far from proper renditions of the original text. Also, they usually lack any reference to what chapter of the Tao Te Ching they are derived from. That makes it very difficult for the reader to check their authentity, as well as the context to which the quotes belong.

     With this website, I hope to give readers a chance of sorting these things out.

     Therefore, I have extracted 388 Tao quotes from the Tao Te Ching - just about any line of the text that has a chance of standing on its own. Each of the Tao quotes has a reference to the chapter to which it belongs.

Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching

The oldest and major source to Taoism is Tao Te Ching (also spelled Dao De Jing), which translates to The Book on the Way and Virtue. It was written by the legendary Lao Tzu (Lao Zi) somewhere between the 7th and the 4th century BC in China. The old classic still has a lot to teach us.

     Tao Te Ching consists of 81 chapters about the Way: its mystery, its cosmology, and what it teaches us about how to conduct our lives the wisest.

Tao Quote Categories

Here are the 388 Tao quotes extracted from the Tao Te ching, sorted by topics. Each Tao quote has a reference to its chapter in the book.

Tao Themes

I also have a website where the 81 chapters of the Tao Te Ching are divided into seven different themes, which are prominent in the book and in Taoist philosophy. Here are those Tao themes.

Tao Te Ching - The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained, by Stefan Stenudd.

Tao Te Ching - the Book

Tao Te Ching - The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained. The great Chinese Taoist philosophy classic by Lao Tzu translated, and each of the 81 chapters extensively commented. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Tao Quotes - the Ancient Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. By Stefan Stenudd.

Tao Quotes

The Ancient Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. 389 quotes from the foremost Taoist classic, divided into 51 prominent topics. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.