Tao Te Ching
THE TAOISM OF LAO TZU
Fake Lao Tzu Quote
"Love is a decision..."
This is NOT a quote from Tao Te Ching:
"Love is a decision — not an emotion."
Lao Tzu did not discuss love much, and nothing about the amorous love between two persons suggested by this quote. In my version of Tao Te Ching, the word "love" is used only twice, and none of them is about love in the conventional sense. In chapter 13 it refers to caring for the world as much as for oneself:
Also on the Internet the quote started to appear years ago, without any accreditation. Around the year 2013 the reference to Lao Tzu started to appear, mainly in memes. In July that year, the quote got its first like on Goodreads, where it was also accredited to Lao Tzu.
My guess is that the accreditation to Lao Tzu happened rather haphazardly. The quote was around years before, and somewhere along the way it was starting to get linked to Lao Tzu, just to set a fancy name to it.
September 17, 2020.
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