Tao Quotes on
The Female, Child and Family
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 the female, child and family. To see the whole quoted chapter, click the chapter link within brackets.
The valley spirit never dies. It is called the mystical female.
Can you open and close the gate of Heaven and act like a woman?
Knowing the manly, but clinging to the womanly, you become the valley of the world.
A great country is like the lower outlet of a river. It is the world’s meeting ground, the world’s female.
The female always surpasses the male with stillness. In her stillness she is yielding.
Like a Child
Can you gather your vital breath and yet be tender like a newborn baby?
Being the valley of the world, eternal virtue will never desert you, and you become like a little child anew.
The one who is filled by virtue is like a newborn baby.
When family ties are disturbed, devoted children arise.
Abandon benevolence, discard duty, and people will return to the family ties.
Cultivate virtue in the family, and it will be overflowing.
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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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