Tao Quotes on
Fear and Imperfection
Authentic Quotes from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
Here are quotes from the Tao Te Ching, the Taoist classic by Lao Tzu, about fear and imperfection To see the whole quoted chapter, click the chapter link within brackets.
Praise and disgrace cause fear.
Praise leads to weakness. Getting it causes fear, losing it causes fear.
The reason for great distress is the body. Without it, what distress could there be?
Must one dread what others dread?
If people are not afraid of dying, why threaten them with death?
If people live in constant fear of death, and if breaking the law is punished by death, then who would dare?
When the Way is lost there is virtue. When virtue is lost there is benevolence. When benevolence is lost there is righteousness. When righteousness is lost there are rituals.
Rituals are the end of fidelity and honesty, and the beginning of confusion.
When people are unsettled, loyal ministers arise.
There is no greater disaster than discontent.
Letting the mind control the vital breath is called force.
You Get what Yo Give
Those who show no trust will not be trusted.
[Tao Te Ching chapter 17 and 23]
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Here 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.
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