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
(51 quotes)

Agriculture
(53 quotes)

Aloneness / Solitude
(68 quotes)

Ambition
(56 quotes)

Anger
(62 quotes)

Anonymity
(61 quotes)

Appreciation
(63 quotes)

Arrogance and Pride
(72 quotes)

Art
(69 quotes)

Authentic Presence
(76 quotes)

Awakened Awareness
(106 quotes)

Basic Goodness
(76 quotes)

Beauty
(89 quotes)

Belief
(119 quotes)

Blame and Scapegoating
(57 quotes)

Books
(83 quotes)

Buddhism
(72 quotes)

Business
(60 quotes)

Butterfly
(52 quotes)

Capitalism
(60 quotes)

Cause and Effect
(109 quotes)

Change
(96 quotes)

Christianity
(99 quotes)

Citizens of the World
(89 quotes)

Civilization
(72 quotes)

Compassion
(80 quotes)

Competition
(54 quotes)

Complaint
(57 quotes)

Confidence
(65 quotes)

Conflict
(66 quotes)

Conformity
(105 quotes)

Confucianism
(53 quotes)

Confusion
(57 quotes)

Consumerism
(69 quotes)

Contemplation
(70 quotes)

Continuity
(57 quotes)

Control
(67 quotes)

Crazy Wisdom
(118 quotes)

Creativity
(73 quotes)

Crime
(63 quotes)

Culture
(55 quotes)

Curiosity
(64 quotes)

Death and Dying
(150 quotes)

Deception
(95 quotes)

Delusion
(72 quotes)

Democracy
(84 quotes)

Desire
(100 quotes)

Doubt
(72 quotes)

Dream
(104 quotes)

Duality and Non-duality
(122 quotes)

Economics
(53 quotes)

Education
(155 quotes)

Egolessness
(103 quotes)

Emptiness
(85 quotes)

Enlightenment
(67 quotes)

Entertainment
(53 quotes)

Equality
(61 quotes)

Equanimity
(56 quotes)

Evil
(78 quotes)

Evolution
(67 quotes)

Failure
(63 quotes)

Fame
(64 quotes)

Family
(55 quotes)

Fanaticism
(68 quotes)

Fate / Destiny
(62 quotes)

Fear
(92 quotes)

Feminine Principle
(95 quotes)

Forget
(52 quotes)

Freedom
(109 quotes)

Friendship
(83 quotes)

Gardening
(58 quotes)

God
(114 quotes)

Golden Chains
(78 quotes)

Golden Rule
(60 quotes)

Government
(81 quotes)

Greed
(66 quotes)

Habitual Patterns
(60 quotes)

Happiness
(127 quotes)

Hate
(58 quotes)

Health
(92 quotes)

Here and Now
(74 quotes)

Hinduism
(50 quotes)

History
(81 quotes)

Hope
(54 quotes)

Humility
(63 quotes)

Idiot Compassion
(58 quotes)

Ignorance
(74 quotes)

Illusion
(67 quotes)

Imagination
(57 quotes)

Impermanence
(65 quotes)

Inscrutable
(83 quotes)

Inspiration
(78 quotes)

Integrity
(104 quotes)

Islam الإسلام
(53 quotes)

Journey Without Goal
(83 quotes)

Judaism
(56 quotes)

Justice
(61 quotes)

Karma
(55 quotes)

Kindness
(64 quotes)

Know Yourself
(100 quotes)

Laughter and Humor
(65 quotes)

Law and Order
(92 quotes)

Leadership
(74 quotes)

Less is More
(135 quotes)

Letting Go
(68 quotes)

Lies
(79 quotes)

Livelihood
(103 quotes)

Longevity
(61 quotes)

Love
(117 quotes)

Magic
(67 quotes)

Mandala Principle
(61 quotes)

Marriage
(93 quotes)

Masculine Principle
(57 quotes)

Materialism
(84 quotes)

Meaningfulness
(116 quotes)

Medicine
(63 quotes)

Meditation
(56 quotes)

Memory
(54 quotes)

Middle Way
(66 quotes)

Mind
(63 quotes)

Mistakes
(60 quotes)

Money
(72 quotes)

Moon
(63 quotes)

Moral Freedom
(101 quotes)

Music
(62 quotes)

Nationalism
(55 quotes)

Natural Hierarchy
(54 quotes)

Nature, Environment
(68 quotes)

No Trace
(54 quotes)

Non-Thought
(56 quotes)

Obstacles
(65 quotes)

Old Age
(85 quotes)

One Taste
(58 quotes)

Oneness
(83 quotes)

Openness
(66 quotes)

Opinion
(66 quotes)

Ordinary Mind
(61 quotes)

Paradox
(126 quotes)

Patience
(53 quotes)

Peace
(53 quotes)

Perennial Philosophy
(57 quotes)

Perseverance
(61 quotes)

Philosophy
(68 quotes)

Pleasure
(62 quotes)

Pluralism
(65 quotes)

Poetry
(63 quotes)

Politics and Politicians
(131 quotes)

Poverty
(68 quotes)

Power
(92 quotes)

Problems
(99 quotes)

Progress
(71 quotes)

Projection
(61 quotes)

Punishment
(66 quotes)

Reality
(82 quotes)

Reason
(88 quotes)

Religion
(149 quotes)

Revolution
(52 quotes)

Rising Sun World
(64 quotes)

Sacred World
(86 quotes)

Science
(84 quotes)

Setting Sun World
(100 quotes)

Sex
(105 quotes)

Shambhala
(61 quotes)

Silence and Stillness
(71 quotes)

Simplicity
(60 quotes)

Skillful Means
(68 quotes)

Slavery
(85 quotes)

Socialism
(52 quotes)

Soul-Selling, Corruption
(64 quotes)

Spiritual Materialism
(61 quotes)

Strategy
(57 quotes)

Success
(93 quotes)

Suffering
(93 quotes)

Symbols and Myths
(69 quotes)

Taoism
(54 quotes)

Teachers
(62 quotes)

Technology
(72 quotes)

Time
(78 quotes)

Travel
(93 quotes)

True Self
(84 quotes)

Truth
(131 quotes)

Victory
(55 quotes)

Virtue
(73 quotes)

War
(116 quotes)

Warriors
(61 quotes)

Water
(56 quotes)

Wealth
(116 quotes)

Wisdom
(108 quotes)

Words or the sense?
(182 quotes)

Wu Wei
(91 quotes)

Comments (2)

  1. Shan Dao
    Shan Dao 5 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 2 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)