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
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Art
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Authentic Presence
(87 quotes)

Awakened Awareness
(110 quotes)

Basic Goodness
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Beauty
(115 quotes)

Belief
(127 quotes)

Blame and Scapegoating
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Books
(90 quotes)

Buddhism
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Business
(79 quotes)

Butterfly
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Capitalism
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Carpe diem
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Cause and Effect
(133 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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Discipline
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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
(118 quotes)

Feminine Principle
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Forget
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Free Will
(72 quotes)

Freedom
(119 quotes)

Friendship
(95 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
(83 quotes)

Habitual Patterns
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Happiness
(136 quotes)

Hate
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Health
(124 quotes)

Here and Now
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Hinduism
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History
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Hope
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Humility
(77 quotes)

Idiot Compassion
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Ignorance
(84 quotes)

Illusion
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Imagination
(81 quotes)

Immortality
(90 quotes)

Impermanence
(78 quotes)

Indra's Net
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Inscrutable
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Inspiration
(98 quotes)

Integrity
(128 quotes)

Islam الإسلام
(66 quotes)

Joining Heaven/Earth/Man
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Journey Without Goal
(93 quotes)

Judaism
(78 quotes)

Justice
(76 quotes)

Karma
(92 quotes)

Kindness
(76 quotes)

Know Yourself
(108 quotes)

Laughter and Humor
(79 quotes)

Law and Order
(110 quotes)

Leadership
(91 quotes)

Less is More
(150 quotes)

Letting Go
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Lies
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Livelihood
(125 quotes)

Longevity
(76 quotes)

Love
(119 quotes)

Magic
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Mandala Principle
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Marriage
(129 quotes)

Masculine Principle
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Materialism
(93 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
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Money
(83 quotes)

Moon
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Moral Freedom
(112 quotes)

Music
(82 quotes)

Nationalism
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Natural Hierarchy
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Nature, Environment
(85 quotes)

No Trace
(74 quotes)

Non-Thought
(73 quotes)

Obstacles
(75 quotes)

Old Age
(102 quotes)

One Taste
(77 quotes)

Oneness
(94 quotes)

Openness
(85 quotes)

Opinion
(83 quotes)

Ordinary Mind
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Paradox
(140 quotes)

Patience
(77 quotes)

Peace
(72 quotes)

Perennial Philosophy
(83 quotes)

Perseverance
(81 quotes)

Philosophy
(75 quotes)

Pleasure
(84 quotes)

Pluralism
(78 quotes)

Poetry
(79 quotes)

Politics and Politicians
(136 quotes)

Poverty
(79 quotes)

Power
(124 quotes)

Problems
(116 quotes)

Progress
(91 quotes)

Projection
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Prostitution
(53 quotes)

Punishment
(77 quotes)

Reality
(97 quotes)

Reason
(108 quotes)

Religion
(169 quotes)

Revolution
(77 quotes)

Rising Sun World
(81 quotes)

Sacred World
(112 quotes)

Science
(97 quotes)

Setting Sun World
(125 quotes)

Sex
(122 quotes)

Shambhala
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Silence and Stillness
(83 quotes)

Simplicity
(79 quotes)

Skillful Means
(88 quotes)

Slavery
(96 quotes)

Socialism
(77 quotes)

Soul-Selling, Corruption
(90 quotes)

Spiritual Materialism
(78 quotes)

Strategy
(92 quotes)

Success
(116 quotes)

Suffering
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Symbols and Myths
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Taoism
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Teachers
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Technology
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Time
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Transmutation
(54 quotes)

Travel
(116 quotes)

True Self
(94 quotes)

Truth
(148 quotes)

Victory
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Virtue
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War
(134 quotes)

Warriors
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Water
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Wealth
(133 quotes)

Wisdom
(113 quotes)

Words or the sense?
(194 quotes)

Wu Wei
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Comments (6)

  1. Shan Dao
    Shan Dao 4 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 4 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
    “Life itself is a quotation.”--Jorge Luis Borges
  5. Shan Dao
    Shan Dao 2 years 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
  6. Shan Dao
    Shan Dao a month ago
    “To repeat words, even our own, is to contain them in their own sound.”—James P. Carse