I love Tao Te Ching and often re-read it. This rather small and compact book is full of Taoist wisdom. More so, as a wanderluster myself, I find great connection with Lao Tzu’s spirit of wandering and yet staying still within.
Below is my selection of 25 favorite Lao Tzu travel quotes on setting on a journey, traveling without any fixed destination, and on arriving.
Lao Tzu also spelled as Lao Tze
I hope you enjoy them and find personal meaning in them as I did.
Lao Tzu Travel Quotes
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”
“I drift like a wave on the ocean,
I blow as aimless as the wind.
I am different from ordinary people.”
“To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.”
“The way to do is to be.”
“Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.”
“The further one goes, the less one knows.”
“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.”
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
“The reason why the universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself; it gives life to others as it transforms.”
“There is a time to live,
and a time to die
but never …to reject the present moment.”
Statue of Lao Tzu in Quanzhou, China (Credit: Tom)
“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”
“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”
“To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go”
Three men (Taoist, Confusionist, Buddhist) resting and laughing by the river.
“He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.”
“Do you have the patience to wait till the mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving till the right condition arises by itself?”
“Go to the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Love them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have.”
“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.”
“In the end, the treasure of life is missed by those who hold on to things and gained by those who let go.”
Taoist Mountain Hua Shan, China
“Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.”
“A good traveler leaves no tracks.”
“Every step is on the path.”
“To be worn out is to be renewed.”
“The road you can talk about is not the road you can walk on.”
“The Sage travels all day yet never leaves his inner treasure or peace.”
July 16, 2018 5:11 pm Leave your thoughts