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
(74 quotes)

Agriculture
(66 quotes)

Aloneness / Solitude
(73 quotes)

Ambition
(74 quotes)

Anger
(66 quotes)

Anonymity
(62 quotes)

Appreciation
(73 quotes)

Arrogance and Pride
(77 quotes)

Art
(73 quotes)

Authentic Presence
(80 quotes)

Awakened Awareness
(106 quotes)

Basic Goodness
(82 quotes)

Beauty
(110 quotes)

Belief
(121 quotes)

Blame and Scapegoating
(67 quotes)

Books
(85 quotes)

Buddhism
(74 quotes)

Business
(68 quotes)

Butterfly
(68 quotes)

Capitalism
(66 quotes)

Carpe diem
(74 quotes)

Cause and Effect
(111 quotes)

Change
(102 quotes)

Christianity
(104 quotes)

Citizens of the World
(103 quotes)

Civilization
(74 quotes)

Compassion
(87 quotes)

Competition
(72 quotes)

Complaint
(70 quotes)

Confidence
(80 quotes)

Conflict
(77 quotes)

Conformity
(108 quotes)

Confucianism
(61 quotes)

Confusion
(69 quotes)

Consumerism
(73 quotes)

Contemplation
(71 quotes)

Continuity
(71 quotes)

Control
(72 quotes)

Crazy Wisdom
(122 quotes)

Creativity
(78 quotes)

Crime
(72 quotes)

Culture
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Curiosity
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Death and Dying
(157 quotes)

Deception
(116 quotes)

Delusion
(76 quotes)

Democracy
(88 quotes)

Desire
(104 quotes)

Doubt
(73 quotes)

Dream
(109 quotes)

Duality and Non-duality
(125 quotes)

Economics
(73 quotes)

Education
(163 quotes)

Egolessness
(110 quotes)

Emptiness
(88 quotes)

Enlightenment
(72 quotes)

Entertainment
(64 quotes)

Equality
(73 quotes)

Equanimity
(70 quotes)

Evil
(85 quotes)

Evolution
(72 quotes)

Failure
(75 quotes)

Fame
(77 quotes)

Family
(65 quotes)

Fanaticism
(81 quotes)

Fate / Destiny
(79 quotes)

Fear
(107 quotes)

Feminine Principle
(108 quotes)

Forget
(63 quotes)

Freedom
(114 quotes)

Friendship
(87 quotes)

Gardening
(64 quotes)

God
(119 quotes)

Golden Chains
(86 quotes)

Golden Rule
(66 quotes)

Government
(84 quotes)

Greed
(73 quotes)

Habitual Patterns
(74 quotes)

Happiness
(128 quotes)

Hate
(67 quotes)

Health
(109 quotes)

Here and Now
(77 quotes)

Hinduism
(58 quotes)

History
(88 quotes)

Hope
(65 quotes)

Humility
(67 quotes)

Idiot Compassion
(69 quotes)

Ignorance
(79 quotes)

Illusion
(76 quotes)

Imagination
(69 quotes)

Impermanence
(70 quotes)

Inscrutable
(86 quotes)

Inspiration
(78 quotes)

Integrity
(117 quotes)

Islam الإسلام
(58 quotes)

Journey Without Goal
(85 quotes)

Judaism
(66 quotes)

Justice
(66 quotes)

Karma
(72 quotes)

Kindness
(66 quotes)

Know Yourself
(101 quotes)

Laughter and Humor
(69 quotes)

Law and Order
(105 quotes)

Leadership
(82 quotes)

Less is More
(139 quotes)

Letting Go
(72 quotes)

Lies
(81 quotes)

Livelihood
(107 quotes)

Longevity
(70 quotes)

Love
(115 quotes)

Magic
(71 quotes)

Mandala Principle
(66 quotes)

Marriage
(111 quotes)

Masculine Principle
(74 quotes)

Materialism
(86 quotes)

Meaningfulness
(125 quotes)

Medicine
(72 quotes)

Meditation
(64 quotes)

Memory
(73 quotes)

Middle Way
(73 quotes)

Mind
(66 quotes)

Mistakes
(66 quotes)

Money
(74 quotes)

Moon
(66 quotes)

Moral Freedom
(105 quotes)

Music
(65 quotes)

Nationalism
(72 quotes)

Natural Hierarchy
(65 quotes)

Nature, Environment
(73 quotes)

No Trace
(62 quotes)

Non-Thought
(65 quotes)

Obstacles
(68 quotes)

Old Age
(88 quotes)

One Taste
(70 quotes)

Oneness
(85 quotes)

Openness
(73 quotes)

Opinion
(68 quotes)

Ordinary Mind
(70 quotes)

Paradox
(132 quotes)

Patience
(65 quotes)

Peace
(70 quotes)

Perennial Philosophy
(69 quotes)

Perseverance
(67 quotes)

Philosophy
(71 quotes)

Pleasure
(68 quotes)

Pluralism
(69 quotes)

Poetry
(72 quotes)

Politics and Politicians
(132 quotes)

Poverty
(73 quotes)

Power
(115 quotes)

Problems
(105 quotes)

Progress
(79 quotes)

Projection
(68 quotes)

Prostitution
(24 quotes)

Punishment
(70 quotes)

Reality
(89 quotes)

Reason
(93 quotes)

Religion
(157 quotes)

Revolution
(71 quotes)

Rising Sun World
(71 quotes)

Sacred World
(104 quotes)

Science
(88 quotes)

Setting Sun World
(103 quotes)

Sex
(109 quotes)

Shambhala
(72 quotes)

Silence and Stillness
(73 quotes)

Simplicity
(65 quotes)

Skillful Means
(76 quotes)

Slavery
(89 quotes)

Socialism
(74 quotes)

Soul-Selling, Corruption
(74 quotes)

Spiritual Materialism
(68 quotes)

Strategy
(72 quotes)

Success
(105 quotes)

Suffering
(96 quotes)

Symbols and Myths
(74 quotes)

Taoism
(59 quotes)

Teachers
(74 quotes)

Technology
(77 quotes)

Time
(81 quotes)

Travel
(107 quotes)

True Self
(86 quotes)

Truth
(139 quotes)

Victory
(71 quotes)

Virtue
(76 quotes)

War
(124 quotes)

Warriors
(70 quotes)

Water
(67 quotes)

Wealth
(121 quotes)

Wisdom
(108 quotes)

Words or the sense?
(186 quotes)

Wu Wei
(102 quotes)

Comments (2)

  1. Shan Dao
    Shan Dao a year 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 11 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)