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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.
Fail to honour people, they fail to honour you. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done and his aim fulfilled, they will say: ‘We did this ourselves."

"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.
He who knows himself is enlightened."

"Of crimes — none is greater than having many desires.
Of disasters — none is greater than not knowing when one has enough.
Of defects — none brings more sorrow than the desire to attain.
Therefore, the contentment you have when you know that you have enough, is abiding contentment indeed."

"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."

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