Tao Te Ching
THE TAOISM OF LAO TZU
Fake Lao Tzu Quotes
Erroneous Tao Te Ching Citations Examined
Lao Tzu was the legendary writer of Tao Te Ching. There are lots of quotes falsely ascribed to him. This book goes through 90 of those that are spread the most in books and on the web.
In this Internet era, it is important to keep a skeptic mind to the sensational claims appearing on the web. That also goes for quotes from famous people of the present and the past. A popular meme jokes about this: Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying that quotes on the Internet are often fake.
Indeed they are. One legendary mind of the past has been the victim of it more than most: Lao Tzu, the legendary first Taoist and author of Tao Te Ching. And that is far from only on the Internet. He has often been misquoted also in books, for the past hundred years or so.
Some of the fake quotes are close to what Lao Tzu stated in his book, whereas others are absurdly impossible to put in his mouth with any credibility. So, he is a good example of how a skeptical reader can go about testing a quote’s authenticity, to whomever it is accredited.
We can learn about Taoism also from words falsely claimed to be his. By recognizing the fakes, we get more familiar with what the true messages of Lao Tzu were, and how he worded them.
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Table of the Book's ContentsIntroduction 9
Fake Lao Tzu quotes 18
A good traveler has no fixed plans 20
A man with outward courage 25
Act without expectation 28
An ant on the move 33
As soon as you have made a thought 35
At the center of your being 39
Be careful what you water your dreams 44
Be content with what you have 48
Because of a great love 51
Because one believes in oneself 54
Being deeply loved by someone 56
Can you step back from your own mind 58
Care about what other people think 61
Countless words count less 64
Do you imagine the universe is agitated? 68
Doing nothing is better 71
Embrace all things 73
Emptiness appears barren 77
Every human being’s essential nature 81
Figure out the rhythm of life 84
From wonder into wonder 86
Give evil nothing to oppose 90
He who controls others 94
Health is the greatest possession 98
Highly evolved people 100
Hold your male side 102
Hope and fear are both phantoms 105
If a person seems wicked 108
If there is to be peace 110
If you are depressed 113
If you do not change direction 117
If you realize that all things change 119
If you want to awaken all of humanity 122
If you want to become whole 124
If you would take 126
Kindness in words 129
Knowing others 132
Knowledge is a treasure 135
Life and death are one thread 142
Life is a series 146
Loss is not as bad 149
Love is a decision 154
Love is of all passions the strongest 156
Make your heart like a lake 158
Man’s enemies are not demons 163
Marriage is three parts love 165
Most of the world’s religions 167
Music in the soul 170
My teachings 174
Nature is not human-hearted 178
New beginnings 181
One cannot reflect 184
One who is too insistent 186
Perfect kindness 189
Quarrel with a friend 192
Respond intelligently 195
Silence is a source 198
Stop leaving 201
Stop thinking 205
Success is as dangerous as failure 208
The best fighter 210
The career of a sage 213
The flame that burns 215
The heart that gives 217
The key to growth 220
The moment truth is asserted 222
The past has no power 226
The reason why the universe is eternal 228
The snow goose need not bathe 232
The soul has no secret 235
The way to do 238
There are many paths 241
There is a time to live 244
There is no illusion 249
Time is a created thing 252
To a mind that is still 255
To hold 258
To see things in the seed 261
To understand the limitation 264
Violence, even well intentioned 267
Watch your thoughts 269
What the caterpillar calls the end 272
When I let go of what I am 275
When pure sincerity forms 277
When the student is ready 279
When you are content 285
When you find the way 287
Why do you run around 290
Your own positive future 292
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