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
(68 quotes)

Agriculture
(64 quotes)

Aloneness / Solitude
(71 quotes)

Ambition
(65 quotes)

Anger
(62 quotes)

Anonymity
(61 quotes)

Appreciation
(64 quotes)

Arrogance and Pride
(75 quotes)

Art
(72 quotes)

Authentic Presence
(79 quotes)

Awakened Awareness
(105 quotes)

Basic Goodness
(76 quotes)

Beauty
(109 quotes)

Belief
(120 quotes)

Blame and Scapegoating
(64 quotes)

Books
(85 quotes)

Buddhism
(74 quotes)

Business
(65 quotes)

Butterfly
(63 quotes)

Capitalism
(62 quotes)

Cause and Effect
(109 quotes)

Change
(100 quotes)

Christianity
(103 quotes)

Citizens of the World
(97 quotes)

Civilization
(73 quotes)

Compassion
(84 quotes)

Competition
(65 quotes)

Complaint
(64 quotes)

Confidence
(71 quotes)

Conflict
(68 quotes)

Conformity
(106 quotes)

Confucianism
(61 quotes)

Confusion
(62 quotes)

Consumerism
(69 quotes)

Contemplation
(71 quotes)

Continuity
(63 quotes)

Control
(69 quotes)

Crazy Wisdom
(120 quotes)

Creativity
(75 quotes)

Crime
(64 quotes)

Culture
(71 quotes)

Curiosity
(65 quotes)

Death and Dying
(156 quotes)

Deception
(113 quotes)

Delusion
(73 quotes)

Democracy
(85 quotes)

Desire
(102 quotes)

Doubt
(72 quotes)

Dream
(105 quotes)

Duality and Non-duality
(125 quotes)

Economics
(72 quotes)

Education
(158 quotes)

Egolessness
(106 quotes)

Emptiness
(85 quotes)

Enlightenment
(69 quotes)

Entertainment
(62 quotes)

Equality
(66 quotes)

Equanimity
(64 quotes)

Evil
(81 quotes)

Evolution
(69 quotes)

Failure
(63 quotes)

Fame
(64 quotes)

Family
(62 quotes)

Fanaticism
(74 quotes)

Fate / Destiny
(65 quotes)

Fear
(93 quotes)

Feminine Principle
(105 quotes)

Forget
(61 quotes)

Freedom
(112 quotes)

Friendship
(84 quotes)

Gardening
(62 quotes)

God
(118 quotes)

Golden Chains
(81 quotes)

Golden Rule
(60 quotes)

Government
(82 quotes)

Greed
(70 quotes)

Habitual Patterns
(63 quotes)

Happiness
(128 quotes)

Hate
(65 quotes)

Health
(95 quotes)

Here and Now
(75 quotes)

Hinduism
(58 quotes)

History
(84 quotes)

Hope
(65 quotes)

Humility
(64 quotes)

Idiot Compassion
(63 quotes)

Ignorance
(75 quotes)

Illusion
(70 quotes)

Imagination
(63 quotes)

Impermanence
(65 quotes)

Inscrutable
(85 quotes)

Inspiration
(78 quotes)

Integrity
(115 quotes)

Islam الإسلام
(55 quotes)

Journey Without Goal
(84 quotes)

Judaism
(63 quotes)

Justice
(63 quotes)

Karma
(66 quotes)

Kindness
(65 quotes)

Know Yourself
(100 quotes)

Laughter and Humor
(67 quotes)

Law and Order
(94 quotes)

Leadership
(79 quotes)

Less is More
(137 quotes)

Letting Go
(69 quotes)

Lies
(79 quotes)

Livelihood
(105 quotes)

Longevity
(66 quotes)

Love
(117 quotes)

Magic
(70 quotes)

Mandala Principle
(61 quotes)

Marriage
(107 quotes)

Masculine Principle
(68 quotes)

Materialism
(84 quotes)

Meaningfulness
(121 quotes)

Medicine
(66 quotes)

Meditation
(64 quotes)

Memory
(70 quotes)

Middle Way
(66 quotes)

Mind
(64 quotes)

Mistakes
(61 quotes)

Money
(73 quotes)

Moon
(64 quotes)

Moral Freedom
(106 quotes)

Music
(63 quotes)

Nationalism
(66 quotes)

Natural Hierarchy
(64 quotes)

Nature, Environment
(68 quotes)

No Trace
(61 quotes)

Non-Thought
(63 quotes)

Obstacles
(66 quotes)

Old Age
(87 quotes)

One Taste
(65 quotes)

Oneness
(83 quotes)

Openness
(65 quotes)

Opinion
(66 quotes)

Ordinary Mind
(63 quotes)

Paradox
(131 quotes)

Patience
(64 quotes)

Peace
(65 quotes)

Perennial Philosophy
(64 quotes)

Perseverance
(63 quotes)

Philosophy
(71 quotes)

Pleasure
(63 quotes)

Pluralism
(67 quotes)

Poetry
(66 quotes)

Politics and Politicians
(132 quotes)

Poverty
(70 quotes)

Power
(94 quotes)

Problems
(102 quotes)

Progress
(74 quotes)

Projection
(63 quotes)

Punishment
(67 quotes)

Reality
(85 quotes)

Reason
(90 quotes)

Religion
(152 quotes)

Revolution
(70 quotes)

Rising Sun World
(64 quotes)

Sacred World
(94 quotes)

Science
(87 quotes)

Setting Sun World
(100 quotes)

Sex
(108 quotes)

Shambhala
(66 quotes)

Silence and Stillness
(73 quotes)

Simplicity
(61 quotes)

Skillful Means
(71 quotes)

Slavery
(87 quotes)

Socialism
(69 quotes)

Soul-Selling, Corruption
(67 quotes)

Spiritual Materialism
(66 quotes)

Strategy
(68 quotes)

Success
(104 quotes)

Suffering
(95 quotes)

Symbols and Myths
(73 quotes)

Taoism
(59 quotes)

Teachers
(66 quotes)

Technology
(75 quotes)

Time
(79 quotes)

Travel
(105 quotes)

True Self
(85 quotes)

Truth
(137 quotes)

Victory
(65 quotes)

Virtue
(74 quotes)

War
(118 quotes)

Warriors
(65 quotes)

Water
(64 quotes)

Wealth
(119 quotes)

Wisdom
(108 quotes)

Words or the sense?
(184 quotes)

Wu Wei
(97 quotes)

Comments (2)

  1. Shan Dao
    Shan Dao 9 months ago
    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
  2. Shan Dao
    Shan Dao 6 months ago
    "A good sentence is a stake to which a donkey can be tethered for ten thousand aeons."--the Boat Monk, Huating Decheng (820-858)