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Laozi (or Lao Tzu)


Chinese philosopher; also called Lao Zi, Lao Tzu, Lao Tse, or Lao Tze.
Laozi (or Lao Tzu)
The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao;
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The named is the mother of ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name;
this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.
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He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
Laozi (or Lao Tzu)
We believe that the Dudeist tradition started as a response to the excesses of civilization. That was Lao Tzu's deal anyway. Lots of similar traditions dealt with issues of work and status and anxiety and nature the same way. But they were all, pretty much, taken over by fascists and real reactionaries. Even Taoism was taken over by charlatans and phonies. But the pure undogmatic centre of lots of traditions (Christianity, Vedism, Buddhism etc) is all the same. And that's Dudeism.




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He who knows does not speak; he who speaks does not know.
Laozi (or Lao Tzu)
What I hear, I forget. What I say, I remember. What I do, I understand.
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There is a thing inherent and natural,
Which existed before heaven and earth.
Motionless and fathomless,
It stands alone and never changes;
It pervades everywhere and never becomes exhausted.
It may be regarded as the Mother of the Universe.
I do not know its name. If I am forced to give it a name, I call it Tao, and I name it as supreme.
Laozi (or Lao Tzu)
Helpmeat too, contrasta toga, his fiery goosemother, laotsey taotsey, woman who did, he tell princes of the age about. You sound on me, judges! Suppose we brisken up. Kings! Meet the Mem, Avenlith, all viviparous out of couple of lizards. She just as fenny as he is fulgar. How laat soever her latest still her sawlogs come up all standing. Psing a psalm of psexpeans, apocryphul of rhyme! His cheekmole of allaph foriverever her allinall and his Kuran never teachit her the be the owner of thyself.
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Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Laozi (or Lao Tzu)
The oldest known Chinese sage is Lao-Tze, the founder of Taoism. "Lao Tze" is not really a proper name, but means merely "the old philosopher." He was (according to tradition) an older contemporary of Confucius, and his philosophy is to my mind far more interesting. He held that every person, every animal, and every thing has a certain way or manner of behaving which is natural to him, or her, or it, and that we ought to conform to this way ourselves and encourage others to conform to it. "Tao" means "way," but used in a more or less mystical sense, as in the text: "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life." I think he fancied that death was due to departing from the "way," and that if we all lived strictly according to nature we should be immortal, like the heavenly bodies.
Laozi (or Lao Tzu)
When the center does not hold, the circle falls apart.
Laozi (or Lao Tzu)
The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.




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Block the passages, shut the doors,
And till the end your strength shall not fail.
Open up the passages, increase your doings,
And till your last day no help shall come to you.
Laozi (or Lao Tzu)
Lao-tse may be regarded as the deepest thinker of Chinese antiquity.
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The universe is deathless; Is deathless because, having no finite self, it stays infinite. A sound man by not advancing himself stays the further ahead of himself, By not confining himself to himself sustains himself outside himself: By never being an end in himself he endlessly becomes himself.
Laozi (or Lao Tzu)
I am not at all interested in immortality, only in the taste of tea.
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To attain knowledge, add things every day.
To attain wisdom, remove things every day.
Laozi (or Lao Tzu)
A thousand-mile journey starts from your feet down there.
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The Tao is like a well:
used but never used up.
It is like the eternal void:
filled with infinite possibilities.
Laozi (or Lao Tzu)
A journey of a thousand [miles] starts with a single step.
Laozi (or Lao Tzu)
A leader is best when people barely know that he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. Fail to honor people, They fail to honor you. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aims fulfilled, they will all say, "We did this ourselves."


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