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.

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.


Aggression
(44 quotes)

Agriculture
(30 quotes)

Aloneness / Solitude
(35 quotes)

Ambition
(27 quotes)

Anger
(38 quotes)

Anonymity
(35 quotes)

Appreciation
(49 quotes)

Arrogance and Pride
(64 quotes)

Art
(47 quotes)

Authentic Presence
(69 quotes)

Awakened Awareness
(93 quotes)

Basic Goodness
(59 quotes)

Beauty
(73 quotes)

Belief
(108 quotes)

Blame and Scapegoating
(35 quotes)

Books
(66 quotes)

Buddhism
(60 quotes)

Business
(34 quotes)

Butterfly
(15 quotes)

Capitalism
(36 quotes)

Cause and Effect
(88 quotes)

Change
(84 quotes)

Christianity
(73 quotes)

Citizens of the World
(66 quotes)

Civilization
(59 quotes)

Compassion
(68 quotes)

Competition
(36 quotes)

Complaint
(30 quotes)

Conformity
(92 quotes)

Confucianism
(18 quotes)

Confusion
(31 quotes)

Consumerism
(52 quotes)

Contemplation
(49 quotes)

Continuity
(42 quotes)

Control
(36 quotes)

Crazy Wisdom
(101 quotes)

Creativity
(55 quotes)

Crime
(53 quotes)

Culture
(33 quotes)

Curiosity
(33 quotes)

Death and Dying
(137 quotes)

Deception
(84 quotes)

Delusion
(63 quotes)

Democracy
(66 quotes)

Desire
(76 quotes)

Doubt
(63 quotes)

Dream
(91 quotes)

Duality and Non-duality
(106 quotes)

Economics
(29 quotes)

Education
(142 quotes)

Egolessness
(89 quotes)

Emptiness
(75 quotes)

Enlightenment
(44 quotes)

Entertainment
(26 quotes)

Equality
(49 quotes)

Equanimity
(23 quotes)

Evil
(65 quotes)

Evolution
(50 quotes)

Failure
(46 quotes)

Fame
(42 quotes)

Family
(34 quotes)

Fear
(75 quotes)

Feminine Principle
(77 quotes)

Forget
(28 quotes)

Freedom
(97 quotes)

Friendship
(70 quotes)

Gardening
(27 quotes)

God
(97 quotes)

Golden Chains
(63 quotes)

Golden Rule
(46 quotes)

Government
(65 quotes)

Greed
(60 quotes)

Habitual Patterns
(42 quotes)

Happiness
(111 quotes)

Hate
(42 quotes)

Health
(74 quotes)

Here and Now
(67 quotes)

Hinduism
(25 quotes)

History
(61 quotes)

Hope
(39 quotes)

Humility
(54 quotes)

Idiot Compassion
(34 quotes)

Ignorance
(65 quotes)

Illusion
(56 quotes)

Imagination
(36 quotes)

Impermanence
(45 quotes)

Inscrutable
(67 quotes)

Inspiration
(54 quotes)

Integrity
(89 quotes)

Islam الإسلام
(35 quotes)

Journey Without Goal
(74 quotes)

Judaism
(28 quotes)

Justice
(49 quotes)

Karma
(33 quotes)

Kindness
(43 quotes)

Know Yourself
(88 quotes)

Laughter and Humor
(55 quotes)

Law and Order
(73 quotes)

Leadership
(57 quotes)

Less is More
(121 quotes)

Letting Go
(63 quotes)

Lies
(62 quotes)

Livelihood
(82 quotes)

Longevity
(35 quotes)

Love
(98 quotes)

Magic
(40 quotes)

Mandala Principle
(28 quotes)

Marriage
(70 quotes)

Masculine Principle
(46 quotes)

Materialism
(63 quotes)

Meaningfulness
(92 quotes)

Meditation
(46 quotes)

Memory
(36 quotes)

Middle Way
(58 quotes)

Mind
(57 quotes)

Mistakes
(52 quotes)

Money
(47 quotes)

Moon
(50 quotes)

Moral Freedom
(79 quotes)

Music
(49 quotes)

Nationalism
(32 quotes)

Natural Hierarchy
(30 quotes)

Nature, Environment
(55 quotes)

No Trace
(25 quotes)

Non-Thought
(25 quotes)

Obstacles
(27 quotes)

Old Age
(61 quotes)

One Taste
(35 quotes)

Oneness
(80 quotes)

Openness
(56 quotes)

Opinion
(54 quotes)

Ordinary Mind
(29 quotes)

Paradox
(88 quotes)

Patience
(39 quotes)

Peace
(47 quotes)

Perennial Philosophy
(30 quotes)

Perseverance
(46 quotes)

Philosophy
(59 quotes)

Pleasure
(40 quotes)

Pluralism
(46 quotes)

Poetry
(50 quotes)

Politics and Politicians
(118 quotes)

Poverty
(40 quotes)

Power
(75 quotes)

Problems
(92 quotes)

Progress
(59 quotes)

Projection
(49 quotes)

Punishment
(51 quotes)

Reality
(70 quotes)

Reason
(66 quotes)

Religion
(125 quotes)

Revolution
(35 quotes)

Rising Sun World
(61 quotes)

Sacred World
(75 quotes)

Science
(65 quotes)

Setting Sun World
(86 quotes)

Sex
(77 quotes)

Shambhala
(31 quotes)

Silence and Stillness
(64 quotes)

Simplicity
(53 quotes)

Skillful Means
(66 quotes)

Slavery
(72 quotes)

Socialism
(26 quotes)

Spiritual Materialism
(31 quotes)

Strategy
(41 quotes)

Success
(81 quotes)

Suffering
(80 quotes)

Symbols and Myths
(52 quotes)

Taoism
(38 quotes)

Teachers
(49 quotes)

Technology
(56 quotes)

Time
(69 quotes)

Travel
(80 quotes)

True Self
(75 quotes)

Truth
(111 quotes)

Victory
(28 quotes)

Virtue
(62 quotes)

War
(104 quotes)

Warriors
(29 quotes)

Water
(47 quotes)

Wealth
(108 quotes)

Wisdom
(95 quotes)

Words or the sense?
(159 quotes)

Wu Wei - Action without Gaining Idea
(77 quotes)

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