Lao Tzu (604-531BC) [Lao Tse, Laozi] Chinese philosopher, co-founder of Taoism

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The words of truth are always paradoxical. - Lao Tzu

When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally. - Lao Tzu

It is better to do one's own duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins. - Lao Tzu

To see things in the seed, that is genius. - Lao Tzu

The more laws that are written, the more criminals are produced. - Lao Tzu

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. - Lao Tzu

Silence is a source of great strength. - Lao Tzu

To produce things and to rear them, To produce, but not to take possession of them, To act, but not to rely on one's own ability, To lead them, but not to master them, This is called profound and secret virtue. - Lao Tzu

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. - Lao Tzu

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. - Lao Tzu

A tree that can fill the span of a man's arms grows from a downy tip; A terrace nine story's high rises from handfuls of earth; A journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath one's feet. - Lao Tzu