Tao Quotes on
Simplicity, Stillness and Silence
Quotes from the Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
Here are quotes from the Tao Te Ching, the Taoist classic, about simplicity, stillness and silence. To see the whole quoted chapter, click the chapter link within brackets.
The sage governs by emptying senses and filling bellies.
The sage attends to the belly, and not to what he sees.
Simple, like uncarved wood.
Behave simply and hold on to purity.
Being the valley of the world, eternal virtue will be full in you, and you return to the state of uncarved wood.
Let people return to making knots on ropes, instead of writing.
Attain utmost emptiness. Abide in steadfast stillness.
Returning to the source is stillness. It is returning to one’s fate. Returning to one’s fate is eternal.
Stillness is the ruler of haste.
Stillness overcomes heat.
Stillness is easy to maintain.
A multitude of words is tiresome, unlike remaining centered.
Those who are quiet value the words. When their task is completed, people will say: We did it ourselves.
To be of few words is natural.
Peace and quiet govern the world.
Where there is no conflict, there is no fault.
Those who are one with deprivation are deprived of deprivation.
The sage is one with the world, and lives in harmony with it.
Harmony is called the eternal. Knowing the eternal is called clarity.
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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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