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
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Ambition
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Anger
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Anonymity
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Appreciation
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Arrogance and Pride
(82 quotes)

Art
(77 quotes)

Authentic Presence
(85 quotes)

Awakened Awareness
(108 quotes)

Basic Goodness
(85 quotes)

Beauty
(112 quotes)

Belief
(122 quotes)

Blame and Scapegoating
(74 quotes)

Books
(88 quotes)

Buddhism
(75 quotes)

Business
(77 quotes)

Butterfly
(72 quotes)

Capitalism
(78 quotes)

Carpe diem
(88 quotes)

Cause and Effect
(123 quotes)

Change
(109 quotes)

Christianity
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Citizens of the World
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Civilization
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Compassion
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Competition
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Complaint
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Confidence
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Conflict
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Conformity
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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
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Creativity
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Crime
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Culture
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Curiosity
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Death and Dying
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Deception
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Delusion
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Democracy
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Desire
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Doubt
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Dream
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Duality and Non-duality
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Economics
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Education
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Egolessness
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Emptiness
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Enemy
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Enlightenment
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Entertainment
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Equality
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Equanimity
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Evil
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Evolution
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Failure
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Fame
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Family
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Fanaticism
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Fate / Destiny
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Fear
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Feminine Principle
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Forget
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Free Will
(63 quotes)

Freedom
(117 quotes)

Friendship
(93 quotes)

Gardening
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God
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Golden Chains
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Golden Rule
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Government
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Greed
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Habitual Patterns
(88 quotes)

Happiness
(131 quotes)

Hate
(73 quotes)

Health
(119 quotes)

Here and Now
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Hinduism
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History
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Hope
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Humility
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Idiot Compassion
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Ignorance
(81 quotes)

Illusion
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Imagination
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Immortality
(86 quotes)

Impermanence
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Indra's Net
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Inscrutable
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Inspiration
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Integrity
(125 quotes)

Islam الإسلام
(62 quotes)

Journey Without Goal
(92 quotes)

Judaism
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Justice
(75 quotes)

Karma
(85 quotes)

Kindness
(74 quotes)

Know Yourself
(106 quotes)

Laughter and Humor
(75 quotes)

Law and Order
(107 quotes)

Leadership
(88 quotes)

Less is More
(142 quotes)

Letting Go
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Lies
(86 quotes)

Livelihood
(118 quotes)

Longevity
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Love
(117 quotes)

Magic
(73 quotes)

Mandala Principle
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Marriage
(121 quotes)

Masculine Principle
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Materialism
(91 quotes)

Meaningfulness
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Medicine
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Meditation
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Memory
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Middle Way
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Mind
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Mistakes
(82 quotes)

Money
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Moon
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Moral Freedom
(110 quotes)

Music
(79 quotes)

Nationalism
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Natural Hierarchy
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Nature, Environment
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No Trace
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Non-Thought
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Obstacles
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Old Age
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One Taste
(72 quotes)

Oneness
(89 quotes)

Openness
(79 quotes)

Opinion
(80 quotes)

Ordinary Mind
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Paradox
(131 quotes)

Patience
(76 quotes)

Peace
(72 quotes)

Perennial Philosophy
(81 quotes)

Perseverance
(77 quotes)

Philosophy
(73 quotes)

Pleasure
(80 quotes)

Pluralism
(78 quotes)

Poetry
(77 quotes)

Politics and Politicians
(135 quotes)

Poverty
(75 quotes)

Power
(120 quotes)

Problems
(112 quotes)

Progress
(86 quotes)

Projection
(79 quotes)

Prostitution
(44 quotes)

Punishment
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Reality
(95 quotes)

Reason
(102 quotes)

Religion
(167 quotes)

Revolution
(74 quotes)

Rising Sun World
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Sacred World
(107 quotes)

Science
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Setting Sun World
(118 quotes)

Sex
(116 quotes)

Shambhala
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Silence and Stillness
(80 quotes)

Simplicity
(77 quotes)

Skillful Means
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Slavery
(95 quotes)

Socialism
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Soul-Selling, Corruption
(85 quotes)

Spiritual Materialism
(77 quotes)

Strategy
(83 quotes)

Success
(111 quotes)

Suffering
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Symbols and Myths
(80 quotes)

Taoism
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Teachers
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Technology
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Time
(86 quotes)

Travel
(113 quotes)

True Self
(91 quotes)

Truth
(147 quotes)

Victory
(72 quotes)

Virtue
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War
(132 quotes)

Warriors
(74 quotes)

Water
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Wealth
(126 quotes)

Wisdom
(110 quotes)

Words or the sense?
(186 quotes)

Wu Wei
(106 quotes)

Comments (5)

  1. Shan Dao
    Shan Dao 3 years 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 3 years 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)
  3. Shan Dao
    Shan Dao a year ago
    "What the chained-to-appearances droning world will not allow the realist to say in his own words, it will suffer him to say in proverbs... proverbs—like the sacred books of each nation which are always the literature of reason—are the statements of an absolute truth without qualification."--Ralph Waldo Emerson, Compensation
  4. Shan Dao
    Shan Dao a year ago
    “Life itself is a quotation.”--Jorge Luis Borges
  5. Shan Dao
    Shan Dao a year ago
    "sometimes an isolated phrase or paragraph will work on the reader's imagination more forcefully that it might when buried in a possibly difficult text."— George Seldes