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 AroundThe 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 ChingThe 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 CategoriesHere 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.
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