Tao Quotes on
Prevention and patience
Quotes from the Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
Here are quotes from the Tao Te Ching, the Taoist classic, about prevention and patience. To see the whole quoted chapter, click the chapter link within brackets.
Moderation means prevention. Prevention means achieving much virtue.
Meet the difficult while it is easy.
Meet the big while it is small.
The most difficult in the world must be easy in its beginning.
The biggest in the world is small in its beginning.
The brittle is easy to shatter.
The small is easy to scatter.
What has not yet emerged is easy to prevent.
Solve it before it happens. Order it before chaos emerges.
A tree as wide as a manís embrace grows from a tiny shoot.
A tower of nine stories starts with a pile of dirt.
A climb of eight hundred feet starts where the foot stands.
Who can wait in stillness while the mud settles?
Who can rest until the moment of action?
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Here are the 388 quotes extracted from the Tao Te ching, sorted by topics. Each quote has a reference to its chapter in the book.
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