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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 on
War and Violence

Quotes from the Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Tao Te Ching

Here are quotes from the Tao Te Ching, the Taoist classic, about war and violence. To see the whole quoted chapter, click the chapter link within brackets.

War and Violence

Those who advice the ruler on the Way, do not want the world subdued with weapons.

Thorn bushes grow where armies have camped.

Battles are followed by years of famine.

Weapons are ominous tools. They are abhorred by all creatures. Anyone who follows the Way shuns them.

Weapons are ominous tools. They are not the noble rulerís tools. He only uses them when he canít avoid it.

Peace and quiet are preferred. Victory should not be praised.

Those who praise victory relish manslaughter. Those who relish manslaughter cannot reach their goals in the world.

When many people are killed, they should be mourned and lamented. Those who are victorious in war should follow the rites of funerals.

Those who defeat others are strong, those who defeat themselves are mighty.

The fish cannot leave the deep waters. The stateís weaponry should not be displayed.

The forceful and violent will not die from natural causes.

When the Way governs the world, the proud stallions drag dung carriages. When the Way is lost to the world, war horses are bred outside the city.

Those who have compassion when they do battle will be victorious. Those who likewise defend themselves will be safe. Heaven will rescue and protect them with compassion.

Excellent warriors are not violent.

Excellent soldiers are not furious.

Excellent conquerors do not engage.

Warriors say: I dare not be like the host, but would rather be like the guest. I dare not advance an inch, but would rather retreat a foot.

No misfortune is worse than underestimating the enemy. Underestimating the enemy, I risk losing my treasure.

When equal armies battle, the grieving one will be victorious.

The unyielding army will not win.

When bitter enemies make peace, surely some bitterness remains.

Although there are weapons for tens and hundreds of soldiers, they will not be used.

Tao Quote Categories

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.

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.