35+ Best Taoism Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational Taoism quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Taoism Quotes

When there is no more separation between ‘this’ and ‘that,’ it is called the still-point of the Tao. At the still point in the center of the circle one can see the infinite in all things. — Zhuangzi

To find the Tao, there is nowhere you need to search. If it is not inside you, it is not the Tao. — Confucius

When there is no more separation between ‘this’ and ‘that,’ it is called the still-point of the Tao. At the still point in the center of the circle one can see the infinite in all things. — Zhuangzi

 Lao-tze’s Taoism is the exhibition of a way or method of living which men should cultivate as the highest and purest development of their nature. — James Legge        

But the transformation of consciousness undertaken in Taoism and Zen is more like the correction of faulty perception or the curing of a disease. It is not an acquisitive process of learning more and more facts or greater and greater skills, but rather an unlearning of wrong habits and opinions. As Lao-tzu said, The scholar gains every day, but the Taoist loses every day. — Alan Watts

Regardless of what you want to call it, guys need some type of spirituality they can grab onto. If it’s Christianity, which is a very structured approach, or if it’s something that’s a little more open-ended… like, Zen’s something you can make yourself a part of. You can interpret it for yourself, like Taoism and stuff like that. — Barry Zito

 Taoism is the gentle way. The path of least resistence. — Frederick Lenz        

By ethical argument and moral principle the greatest crimes are eventually shown to have been necessary, and, in fact, a signal benefit to mankind. — Zhuangzi

 Taoism is simply the complete acceptance of yourself as you are right in this moment. It’s about rolling with the changes, whether they are perceived as good or bad. Tao reminds us to live life through good actions (important for past karma and karma you are presently creating); through practicing things that engage our mind, body, and spirit. — Sheila M. Burke        

 Taoism is not a religion, although perhaps it has been made into one by some people. Lao Tsu’s way of life occurs in any spiritual philosophy. — Frederick Lenz        

Taoism as the art of being in the world,for it deals with the present—ourselves. It is in us that God meets with Nature, and yesterday parts from to-morrow. The Present is the moving Infinity, the legitimate sphere of the Relative. Relativity seeks Adjustment; Adjustment is Art. The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings. — Okakura Kakuzō        

Only the intelligent knows how to identify all things as one. When one is at ease with himself, one is near Tao. This is to let Nature take its own course. — Zhuangzi

Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you’ve got. — Benjamin Hoff

Man may rest in the eternal fitness; he may abide in the everlasting; and roam from the beginning to the end of all creation. He may bring his nature to a condition of ONE, he may nourish his strength; he may harmonise his virtue, and so put himself into partnership with God. — Zhuangzi

Man may rest in the eternal fitness; he may abide in the everlasting; and roam from the beginning to the end of all creation. He may bring his nature to a condition of ONE, he may nourish his strength; he may harmonise his virtue, and so put himself into partnership with God. — Zhuangzi

 Taoism … is the Religion of the Tao, a term meaning Path or Way, but denoting in this peculiar case the way, course or movement of the Universe, her processes and methods. In other words, Taoism is the Religion of Heaven and Earth, of the Cosmos, of the World or Nature in the broadest sense of these words. Hence we may call it Naturism. — Jan Jakob Maria de Groot        

 Taoism has no rules. It’s a suggestion for preceiving life in its wholeness, without unnessary categorization, yet enjoying the beauty of categorization. — Frederick Lenz        

Great knowledge sees all in one. Small knowledge breaks down into the many. — Zhuangzi

 But the basic Taoism that we are concerned with here is simply a particular way of appreciating, learning from, and working with whatever happens in everyday life. — Benjamin Hoff        

 To Taoism that which is absolutely still or absolutely perfect is absolutely dead, for without the possibility of growth and change there can be no Tao. In reality there is nothing in the universe which is completely perfect or completely still; it is only in the minds of men that such concepts exist. — Alan W. Watts        

If you persist in trying to attain what is never attained (It is Tao’s gift), if you persist in making effort to obtain what effort cannot get, if you persist in reasoning about what cannot be understood, you will be destroyed by the very thing you seek. To know when to stop, to know when you can get no further by your own action, this is the right beginning! — Zhuangzi

 Taoism shows us how to deal with life and death by realizing everything here is transitory but its substance is eternal. — Frederick Lenz        

 Taoism means streching your being, becoming both a man and a woman and joining within yourself, to be the heavens themselves, to stretch your awareness beyond the breaking point until all opposites are reconciled within yourself. — Frederick Lenz        

 If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve. — Lao Tzu        

 I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. — Lao Tzu        

 We go from birth to death. Three out of ten follow life. Three out of ten follow death. People who rush from birth to death are also three out of ten. Why is that so? Because they want to make too much of life. — Laozi        

Great knowledge sees all in one. Small knowledge breaks down into the many. — Zhuangzi

 Taoism is the profoundest nonconformism that has ever been evolved anywhere in the world, at any time in history; essentially it is rebellion. — Osho        

Taoism extols the virtue of flexibility. What survives on earth is what effortlessly adapts to the changing environment and changing circumstances. — Ernie J Zelinski        

 Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. — Lao Tzu        

 When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you. — Lao Tzu        

 Taoism is the way of water. The most frequent element or symbol refered to in Lao Tzu’s wrtings is the symbol of water. — Frederick Lenz        

The love of a Sage for his fellows likewise finds expression amongst mankind. Were he not told sop, he would not know that he loved his fellows. But whether he knows it or whether he does not know it, whether he hears it or whether he does not hear it, his love for his is without end, and mankind cease not to repose therein. — Zhuangzi

What’s that? the Unbeliever asked. Wisdom from the Western Taoist,I said. It sounds like something from Winnie-the-Pooh, he said. It is, I said. That’s not about Taoism, he said. Oh, yes it is, I said. — Benjamin Hoff

I was raised a Christian but have looked at other religions, some of the Eastern things. I was into Taoism for a while and Confucianism. Just different approaches and some have really stayed with me. — Rick Springfield

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