Lao-Tzu (c. 550 B.C.-)
Lao Tzu was a mystic philosopher of ancient China, best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching. His association with the Tao Te Ching has led him to be traditionally considered the founder of Taoism (pronounced as "Daoism").|
He was one of the first philosophers to create an active learning philosophy when he wrote: 'If you tell me, I will listen. If you show me, I will see. But if you let me experience, I will learn.'
"A leader is best when people scarcely know he exists. Not so good when they kindly obey and acclaim him. Worse when they despise him.
"The further one goes, the less one knows."
"The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step."
"He who knows others is wise.
"Of crimes none is greater than having many desires.
"The more you know, the less you understand."
"If you tell me, I will listen. If you show me, I will see. But if you let me experience, I will learn."
"Acting without design, occupying oneself without making a business of it, finding the great in what is small and the many in the few, repaying injury with kindness, effecting difficult things while they are easy, and managing great things in their beginning: this is the method of the Tao."
"Be gentle, and you can be bold; be frugal, and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others, and you can become a leader among men."