Tao Te Ching
THE TAOISM OF LAO TZU
The Sayings of Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching
Here are 388 quotes extracted from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, the oldest and most important source to Taoism. The Tao quotes are sorted into 19 major topics. Each quote has a link to its chapter in the book.
Lots of Tao Quotes AroundThe Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu is quoted on the Internet and elsewhere, almost like no other source but the Bible and the plays of Shakespeare. Unfortunately, the Tao quotes are often far from proper renditions of the original text. Also, they usually lack any reference to what chapter of the Tao Te Ching they are derived from.
That makes it very difficult for the reader to check their authentity, as well as the context to which the quotes belong. With this website, I hope to give readers a chance of sorting these things out.
Therefore, I have extracted 388 Tao quotes from the Tao Te Ching — just about any line of the text that has a chance of standing on its own. Each of the Tao quotes has a reference to the chapter to which it belongs.
Tao Te ChingThe oldest and major source to Taoism is Tao Te Ching (also spelled Dao De Jing), which translates to The Book on the Way and Virtue. It was written by the legendary Lao Tzu (Lao Zi) somewhere between the 6th and the 4th century BC in China. The old classic still has a lot to teach us.
Tao Te Ching consists of 81 chapters about the Way: its mystery, its cosmology, and what it teaches us about how to conduct our lives the wisest.
Tao Quote CategoriesHere are the 388 Tao quotes extracted from the Tao Te ching by Lao Tzu, sorted into 19 topics. Each Tao quote has a link to its chapter in the book.
Tao ThemesAnother section of this website divides the 81 chapters of the Tao Te Ching into seven different themes, which are prominent in the book and in Taoist philosophy. The whole chapters, not just quotes from them, are included on the theme pages. Click the header to read the introduction, or go directly to one of the seven themes. Here they are:
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