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Quotes from the Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
Here are quotes from the Tao Te Ching, the Taoist classic, about role models. To see the whole quoted chapter, click the chapter link within brackets.
Ancient masters of excellence had a subtle essence, and a depth too profound to comprehend.
The ancients said: Hulk to be whole.
Why did the ancients praise the Way? Did they not say it was because you find what you seek and are saved from your wrongdoings?
In ancient times, those who followed the Way did not try to give people knowledge thereof, but kept them ignorant.
Dignified, like a guest.
The noble must make humility his root.
Cultivate virtue in yourself, and it will be true.
When much virtue is achieved, nothing is not overcome.
To retreat after a work well done is Heavenís Way.
A good wanderer leaves no trace.
A good speaker does not stutter.
A good counter needs no calculator.
A good door needs no lock, still it canít be opened.
A good mooring needs no knot, still no one can untie it.
Being a model to the world, eternal virtue will never falter in you, and you return to the boundless.
When the uncarved wood is split, its parts are put to use. When the sage is put to use, he becomes the head.
Those who are unswerving have resolve.
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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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