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