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The Pamela Positive: Wisdom from Lao Tzu

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Dear Living and Giving Enthusiasts,

Here is a series of quotes from Lao Tzu, who had some wonderful wisdom. Lao Tzu was a Chinese philosopher in the 6th century BC.  He wrote the Tao Te Ching, and has been followed by millions who wanted to be released from oppressive regimes.  The following series features some of his quotes that help us gain freedom from any limitation. Whether it\’s a political uprising or simply the desire to live more fully, here is some guidance.

“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.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

The specific birthdate of Lao Tzu is unknown. Legends vary, but scholars place his birth between 600 and 300 B.C.E. Lao Tzu is attributed with the writing of the “Tao-Te Ching,” (tao—meaning the way of all life, te—meaning the fit use of life by men, and ching—meaning text or classic). Lao Tzu was not his real name, but an honorific given the sage, meaning “Old Master.”  Lao Tzu wanted his philosophy to remain a natural way to live life with goodness, serenity and respect. Lao Tzu laid down no rigid code of behavior. He believed a person’s conduct should be governed by instinct and conscience.

Additional Quotes:

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

“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.”

“Stop thinking, and end your problems.”

“Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?”

“Manifest plainness,
Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,
Have few desires.”

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”