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
(50 quotes)

Agriculture
(41 quotes)

Aloneness / Solitude
(47 quotes)

Ambition
(47 quotes)

Anger
(55 quotes)

Anonymity
(61 quotes)

Appreciation
(60 quotes)

Arrogance and Pride
(71 quotes)

Art
(64 quotes)

Authentic Presence
(77 quotes)

Awakened Awareness
(103 quotes)

Basic Goodness
(70 quotes)

Beauty
(86 quotes)

Belief
(118 quotes)

Blame and Scapegoating
(46 quotes)

Books
(84 quotes)

Buddhism
(69 quotes)

Business
(44 quotes)

Butterfly
(31 quotes)

Capitalism
(54 quotes)

Cause and Effect
(103 quotes)

Change
(94 quotes)

Christianity
(90 quotes)

Citizens of the World
(82 quotes)

Civilization
(69 quotes)

Compassion
(80 quotes)

Competition
(48 quotes)

Complaint
(54 quotes)

Confidence
(36 quotes)

Conflict
(57 quotes)

Conformity
(107 quotes)

Confucianism
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Confusion
(43 quotes)

Consumerism
(65 quotes)

Contemplation
(54 quotes)

Continuity
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Control
(68 quotes)

Crazy Wisdom
(110 quotes)

Creativity
(68 quotes)

Crime
(58 quotes)

Culture
(44 quotes)

Curiosity
(40 quotes)

Death and Dying
(146 quotes)

Deception
(93 quotes)

Delusion
(66 quotes)

Democracy
(78 quotes)

Desire
(91 quotes)

Doubt
(70 quotes)

Dream
(97 quotes)

Duality and Non-duality
(115 quotes)

Economics
(45 quotes)

Education
(153 quotes)

Egolessness
(99 quotes)

Emptiness
(82 quotes)

Enlightenment
(49 quotes)

Entertainment
(37 quotes)

Equality
(58 quotes)

Equanimity
(48 quotes)

Evil
(71 quotes)

Evolution
(60 quotes)

Failure
(54 quotes)

Fame
(47 quotes)

Family
(44 quotes)

Fanaticism
(42 quotes)

Fate / Destiny
(50 quotes)

Fear
(84 quotes)

Feminine Principle
(91 quotes)

Forget
(32 quotes)

Freedom
(107 quotes)

Friendship
(81 quotes)

Gardening
(37 quotes)

God
(110 quotes)

Golden Chains
(73 quotes)

Golden Rule
(46 quotes)

Government
(75 quotes)

Greed
(65 quotes)

Habitual Patterns
(46 quotes)

Happiness
(121 quotes)

Hate
(44 quotes)

Health
(86 quotes)

Here and Now
(73 quotes)

Hinduism
(30 quotes)

History
(77 quotes)

Hope
(44 quotes)

Humility
(61 quotes)

Idiot Compassion
(38 quotes)

Ignorance
(73 quotes)

Illusion
(66 quotes)

Imagination
(50 quotes)

Impermanence
(61 quotes)

Inscrutable
(82 quotes)

Inspiration
(72 quotes)

Integrity
(97 quotes)

Islam الإسلام
(40 quotes)

Journey Without Goal
(82 quotes)

Judaism
(33 quotes)

Justice
(58 quotes)

Karma
(45 quotes)

Kindness
(46 quotes)

Know Yourself
(97 quotes)

Laughter and Humor
(64 quotes)

Law and Order
(83 quotes)

Leadership
(71 quotes)

Less is More
(132 quotes)

Letting Go
(66 quotes)

Lies
(74 quotes)

Livelihood
(98 quotes)

Longevity
(47 quotes)

Love
(114 quotes)

Magic
(50 quotes)

Mandala Principle
(35 quotes)

Marriage
(84 quotes)

Masculine Principle
(51 quotes)

Materialism
(78 quotes)

Meaningfulness
(112 quotes)

Medicine
(37 quotes)

Meditation
(53 quotes)

Memory
(47 quotes)

Middle Way
(65 quotes)

Mind
(62 quotes)

Mistakes
(58 quotes)

Money
(66 quotes)

Moon
(59 quotes)

Moral Freedom
(93 quotes)

Music
(59 quotes)

Nationalism
(38 quotes)

Natural Hierarchy
(36 quotes)

Nature, Environment
(63 quotes)

No Trace
(34 quotes)

Non-Thought
(34 quotes)

Obstacles
(43 quotes)

Old Age
(77 quotes)

One Taste
(43 quotes)

Oneness
(84 quotes)

Openness
(64 quotes)

Opinion
(64 quotes)

Ordinary Mind
(39 quotes)

Paradox
(115 quotes)

Patience
(45 quotes)

Peace
(49 quotes)

Perennial Philosophy
(40 quotes)

Perseverance
(56 quotes)

Philosophy
(68 quotes)

Pleasure
(52 quotes)

Pluralism
(48 quotes)

Poetry
(58 quotes)

Politics and Politicians
(129 quotes)

Poverty
(43 quotes)

Power
(90 quotes)

Problems
(108 quotes)

Progress
(67 quotes)

Projection
(57 quotes)

Punishment
(58 quotes)

Reality
(81 quotes)

Reason
(85 quotes)

Religion
(138 quotes)

Revolution
(43 quotes)

Rising Sun World
(66 quotes)

Sacred World
(82 quotes)

Science
(75 quotes)

Setting Sun World
(98 quotes)

Sex
(95 quotes)

Shambhala
(37 quotes)

Silence and Stillness
(67 quotes)

Simplicity
(60 quotes)

Skillful Means
(67 quotes)

Slavery
(80 quotes)

Socialism
(43 quotes)

Soul-Selling, Corruption
(49 quotes)

Spiritual Materialism
(37 quotes)

Strategy
(53 quotes)

Success
(91 quotes)

Suffering
(90 quotes)

Symbols and Myths
(62 quotes)

Taoism
(42 quotes)

Teachers
(54 quotes)

Technology
(67 quotes)

Time
(78 quotes)

Travel
(93 quotes)

True Self
(83 quotes)

Truth
(125 quotes)

Victory
(43 quotes)

Virtue
(70 quotes)

War
(107 quotes)

Warriors
(35 quotes)

Water
(50 quotes)

Wealth
(113 quotes)

Wisdom
(107 quotes)

Words or the sense?
(174 quotes)

Wu Wei
(87 quotes)

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  1. Shan Dao
    It is only the very great and good who have any living faith in the simplest axioms; and there are few who are so holy as to feel that 19 and 13 make 32 as certainly as 2 and 2 make 4."—Samuel Butler, Erewhon