Tao Te Ching

The Power of Goodness, the Wisdom Beyond Words
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Thoughts about the world's most influential thoughts

Enlightened insights become words of wisdom that grow meaningfulness and evolve the universe of collective consciousness. These words and sentences with the power to spark deep insight and life-changing epiphanies come down to us through the ages from every place, culture, religion, and philosophy.

George Seldes described how, "The biographies of many notable men tell us that one great thought in one paragraph, or on one page, or, in an amazing case, one great phase, was enough to change the career of its reader, a great man."

Let us guard them well and as Samuel Coleridge said in the late 18th century,
“Let every book-worm, when in any fragrant, scarce old tome, he discovers a sentence, a story, an illustration, that does his heart good, hasten to give it the widest circulation that newspapers and magazines, penny and halfpenny, can afford.”

And as A.A. Milne says,
“A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business."
But a quote (like this one) can also inspire a deeper level of thinking, a slight mind-stopping long enough for a subversive idea to slip through, for a status-quo threatening tiny doubt to emerge and spark an innovating whiff of creativity.


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Aggression
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Agriculture
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Aloneness / Solitude
(46 quotes)

Ambition
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Anger
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Anonymity
(58 quotes)

Appreciation
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Arrogance and Pride
(70 quotes)

Art
(61 quotes)

Authentic Presence
(73 quotes)

Awakened Awareness
(102 quotes)

Basic Goodness
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Beauty
(83 quotes)

Belief
(115 quotes)

Blame and Scapegoating
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Books
(82 quotes)

Buddhism
(68 quotes)

Business
(44 quotes)

Butterfly
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Capitalism
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Cause and Effect
(99 quotes)

Change
(94 quotes)

Christianity
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Citizens of the World
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Civilization
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Compassion
(76 quotes)

Competition
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Complaint
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Conflict
(58 quotes)

Conformity
(104 quotes)

Confucianism
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Confusion
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Consumerism
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Contemplation
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Continuity
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Control
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Crazy Wisdom
(108 quotes)

Creativity
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Crime
(57 quotes)

Culture
(43 quotes)

Curiosity
(40 quotes)

Death and Dying
(140 quotes)

Deception
(92 quotes)

Delusion
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Democracy
(77 quotes)

Desire
(89 quotes)

Doubt
(68 quotes)

Dream
(97 quotes)

Duality and Non-duality
(114 quotes)

Economics
(41 quotes)

Education
(151 quotes)

Egolessness
(99 quotes)

Emptiness
(81 quotes)

Enlightenment
(47 quotes)

Entertainment
(36 quotes)

Equality
(56 quotes)

Equanimity
(47 quotes)

Evil
(70 quotes)

Evolution
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Failure
(53 quotes)

Fame
(46 quotes)

Family
(41 quotes)

Fanaticism
(35 quotes)

Fate / Destiny
(49 quotes)

Fear
(81 quotes)

Feminine Principle
(90 quotes)

Forget
(32 quotes)

Freedom
(106 quotes)

Friendship
(79 quotes)

Gardening
(33 quotes)

God
(110 quotes)

Golden Chains
(72 quotes)

Golden Rule
(46 quotes)

Government
(75 quotes)

Greed
(65 quotes)

Habitual Patterns
(46 quotes)

Happiness
(120 quotes)

Hate
(44 quotes)

Health
(83 quotes)

Here and Now
(73 quotes)

Hinduism
(30 quotes)

History
(72 quotes)

Hope
(43 quotes)

Humility
(59 quotes)

Idiot Compassion
(35 quotes)

Ignorance
(71 quotes)

Illusion
(65 quotes)

Imagination
(48 quotes)

Impermanence
(60 quotes)

Inscrutable
(80 quotes)

Inspiration
(70 quotes)

Integrity
(94 quotes)

Islam الإسلام
(39 quotes)

Journey Without Goal
(81 quotes)

Judaism
(30 quotes)

Justice
(56 quotes)

Karma
(43 quotes)

Kindness
(46 quotes)

Know Yourself
(94 quotes)

Laughter and Humor
(63 quotes)

Law and Order
(81 quotes)

Leadership
(69 quotes)

Less is More
(130 quotes)

Letting Go
(64 quotes)

Lies
(74 quotes)

Livelihood
(97 quotes)

Longevity
(44 quotes)

Love
(110 quotes)

Magic
(49 quotes)

Mandala Principle
(31 quotes)

Marriage
(80 quotes)

Masculine Principle
(50 quotes)

Materialism
(77 quotes)

Meaningfulness
(107 quotes)

Medicine
(33 quotes)

Meditation
(51 quotes)

Memory
(46 quotes)

Middle Way
(63 quotes)

Mind
(62 quotes)

Mistakes
(57 quotes)

Money
(61 quotes)

Moon
(57 quotes)

Moral Freedom
(92 quotes)

Music
(58 quotes)

Nationalism
(37 quotes)

Natural Hierarchy
(34 quotes)

Nature, Environment
(60 quotes)

No Trace
(27 quotes)

Non-Thought
(30 quotes)

Obstacles
(42 quotes)

Old Age
(74 quotes)

One Taste
(41 quotes)

Oneness
(84 quotes)

Openness
(62 quotes)

Opinion
(62 quotes)

Ordinary Mind
(34 quotes)

Paradox
(108 quotes)

Patience
(45 quotes)

Peace
(49 quotes)

Perennial Philosophy
(36 quotes)

Perseverance
(56 quotes)

Philosophy
(66 quotes)

Pleasure
(50 quotes)

Pluralism
(48 quotes)

Poetry
(57 quotes)

Politics and Politicians
(128 quotes)

Poverty
(43 quotes)

Power
(88 quotes)

Problems
(106 quotes)

Progress
(69 quotes)

Projection
(57 quotes)

Punishment
(56 quotes)

Reality
(78 quotes)

Reason
(83 quotes)

Religion
(138 quotes)

Revolution
(43 quotes)

Rising Sun World
(67 quotes)

Sacred World
(80 quotes)

Science
(73 quotes)

Setting Sun World
(96 quotes)

Sex
(90 quotes)

Shambhala
(35 quotes)

Silence and Stillness
(66 quotes)

Simplicity
(59 quotes)

Skillful Means
(68 quotes)

Slavery
(79 quotes)

Socialism
(42 quotes)

Soul-Selling, Corruption
(43 quotes)

Spiritual Materialism
(36 quotes)

Strategy
(52 quotes)

Success
(91 quotes)

Suffering
(90 quotes)

Symbols and Myths
(63 quotes)

Taoism
(42 quotes)

Teachers
(54 quotes)

Technology
(66 quotes)

Time
(76 quotes)

Travel
(91 quotes)

True Self
(85 quotes)

Truth
(124 quotes)

Victory
(42 quotes)

Virtue
(68 quotes)

War
(108 quotes)

Warriors
(30 quotes)

Water
(49 quotes)

Wealth
(111 quotes)

Wisdom
(104 quotes)

Words or the sense?
(170 quotes)

Wu Wei
(85 quotes)

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