Lao Tzu

13 Lao Tzu Quotes You Could Use in This Moment to Find Yourself

Have you ever reached a point in your life when you feel like, for the first time, you can see everything clearly? There’s this feeling when all the little truths you’ve hidden from yourself come into view and you accept them for what they are. They are yours and they make you you.

 

I feel as though you find yourself in this way: bits and pieces at a time, both unexpectedly and while searching high and low. We travel, we meet new people, we pursue the things we love with great passion to find a spot for ourselves in this funny universe. If you’re like me, you’ve been focusing on all the wrong things and it’s taken you a while just to admit it. Like the lyrics from my favorite Eagles song, sometimes you’ve just got to take it easy and don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy. Let life come to you; don’t take anything too seriously.

 

I remember my abuelito once telling me about the great Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu. Now, I feel like it’s no coincidence that I’ve come across his name again to share his words with you. I believe we all need these. Here are thirteen quotes on simply finding yourself.

 

1. At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.

 

2. Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.

 

3. A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.

 

4.Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.

 

5. Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

 

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

 

7. Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.

 

8. Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.

 

9. If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.

 

10. Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.

 

11. She does not show herself, and therefore is apparent. She does not affirm herself, and therefore is acknowledged. She does not boast and therefore has merit. She does not strive and therefore is successful. It is exactly because she does not contend, that nobody can contend with her.

 

12. Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.

 

13. Your own positive future begins in this moment. All you have is right now. Every goal is possible from here.

 

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