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Tao Quotes

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The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Related topics: Wisdom Deep Truth Zen

The sage does not hoard.
The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself,
Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more;
having given all he has to others, he is richer still.
- Lao Tzu

The Tao abides in non-action,
Yet nothing is left undone.
- Lao Tzu

The Tao of the sage is work without effort.
Practice non-action. Work without doing.
- Lao Tzu

 

Can you let go of words and ideas,
attitudes and expectations?
If so, then the Tao will loom into view.
- Lao Tzu

The things of this world exist;
they are; you can't refuse them.
- Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching - Book One #2 - version by Ursula K. Le Guin

Yielding is the way of the Tao.
- Lao Tzu

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There is nothing true anywhere,
The true is nowhere to be seen;
If you say you see the true,
This seeing is not the true one.
- Abraham Lincoln paraphrasing Lao Tzu' Tao te Ching

It means that Tao doesn't force or interfere with things,
but lets them work in their own way,
to produce results naturally.
Then whatever needs to be done is done.
- Benjamin Hoff

The Master teaches that the way of qigong cannot be hurried.
Wuji refers to the time before the creation -
when everything was formless.
Standing in the wuji position, my feet are parallel
to each other, shoulder-width apart.
My knees are slightly bent,
and the tip of my tongue touches the roof of my mouth.
My arms are held in front of me with my elbows bent
and my palms parallel to each other - about four inches apart.
At first I focus on my breathing, and only my breathing.
Later, I visualize the energy or "Qi" between my palms.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Then I did The Tao of Steve and that was at Sundance
in 2000 where it did really well.
- Donal Logue

Through Qigong, one learns to quiet the mind
and allow communion with the One.
We call the One "Tao," but you may be more comfortable
with a term like "Holy Spirit," or "God,"
as long as you don't start visualizing
an old man on a throne floating in the sky.
The One is everything, and everything is the One.
Each of us is the One, and the One is inside each of us.
Just remember that it's an infinity thing -
the tiniest bit of infinity is still infinite.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essays in The Great Taos Bank Robbery were my project
to win a Master of Arts degree in English when I quit
being a newspaper editor and went back to college.
- Tony Hillerman

I sort of was good at writing essays.
I was never very good at mathematics,
and I was never very good at algebra.
I loved science, but I wasn't sure of it.
- Diane Cilento

The essays are different because ultimately it's things I'm interested in,
and I'm really just writing about myself and using
those subjects as a prism.
- Chuck Klosterman

In effect I am not a novelist, but rather a failed
essayist who started to write novels because he didn't
know how to write essays.
- Jose Saramago

Maybe I will write a memoir, perhaps I'll do some essays,
or maybe I will write a mystery story.
- David Herbert Donald

I'm older than my sister so I started writing first.
I started writing at school.
I was always top of my class in composition,
essays, English Lit and all of that.
- Joan Collins

I don't like writing essays or theory.
- Adrian Mitchell

I won't say ours was a tough school,
but we had our own coroner.
We used to write essays like: What I'm going to be if I grow up.
- Lenny Bruce

I think the pattern of my essays is,
A funny thing happened to me on my way through Finnegans Wake.
- Leslie Fiedler

I love to run smart essays and commentary.
But it doesn't replace the other kind of reporting.
- Tina Brown

There are some fine books and essays about that.
Lewis Hyde has written about alcoholism and poets and
the role that society gives its writers -
encouraging them to die.
- Sharon Olds

Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public,
through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
- Margaret Fuller

Someone who can write aphorisms should not fritter away his time in essays.
- Karl Kraus

I undertake the same project as Montaigne,
but with an aim contrary to his own:
for he wrote his Essays only for others,
and I write my reveries only for myself.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

To spend this particular year reading essays to Dennis
Robertson as one's supervisor,
and, simultaneously, enjoying membership of the group
round Keynes was indeed an intellectual treat.
- James Meade

The essays are very solipsistic and self-absorbed,
I'm totally conscious of that.
To me, book writing is fun, and I basically just write
about things that are entertaining to myself.
- Chuck Klosterman

Change of any sort requires courage.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Apathy is a sort of living oblivion.
- Horace Greeley

Prejudice is a two-edged sword.
Like the steel sort of sword, it's very sharp, very useful,
and very dangerous if not properly mastered.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch
which I have got a hold of for the moment,
and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible
before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw

Chanting OM is sort of like MOOing backward.
- Anonymous

It's not much of a tail, but I'm sort of attached to it.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

People sort themselves into groups
of happy people and unhappy people
through two different, but complementary mechanisms,
influence and affinity.
I influence those around me
with my emotional state, either happy or unhappy.
At the same time, I feel an affinity
for others who are like me in some way -
in this case by sharing my emotional outlook on life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We'll sort of get over the marriage first and then maybe look at the kids.
But obviously we want a family so we'll have to start thinking about that.
- Prince William

I was a dog in a past life.
Really.
I'll be walking down the street and dogs will do a sort of double take.
Like, Hey, I know him.
- William H. Macy

What's sort of interesting about the whole public relations
disaster that is the Net,
in some ways, is that the fundamentals are really good.
- Meg Whitman

Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy,
or opposing passion.
Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process,
a sort of mental starch.
- E. M. Forster

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
- Lewis Carroll

Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of
necessary evil to the luxury of baseball,
like the odor that follows an automobile.
- Christy Mathewson

Tradition is like a second-hand store.
It is best to sort carefully
between the treasures and the trash.
See everything with new eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The main thing experience has taught me is that one
has to sort of hone their relationship to time,
you know.
- John Frusciante

Marriage is a sort of friendship recognized by the police.
- Anonymous

The Vice-Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate.
Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does.
- Bill Vaughan

A man marries to have a home, but also because he doesn't
want to be bothered with sex and all that sort of thing.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education;
in the elder,
a part of experience.
- Francis Bacon

Home life's great, man.
The kids are great, happy and healthy.
I've reached this sort of wonderful precipice.
- Ryan Phillippe

I think complexity is mostly sort of crummy stuff that
is there because it's too expensive to change the interface.
- Jaron Lanier

Mammograms are really sort of a gift.
You can either catch something early or count your
lucky stars because nothing was discovered.
Either way, you're ahead of the game.
- Charlotte Ross

Mind can never be intelligent - only no-mind is intelligent.
Only no-mind is original and radical.
Only no-mind is revolutionary - revolution in action.
The mind gives you a sort of stupor.
Burdened by the memories of the past,
burdened by the projections of the future,
you go on living - at the minimum.
You dont live at the maximum.
Your flame remains very dim.
Once you start dropping thoughts,
the dust that you have collected in the past,
the flame arises - clean, clear, alive, young.
Your whole life becomes a flame,
and a flame without any smoke.
That is what awareness is.
- Osho

Sort of like, I have to make the Japanese lyrics really deep.
- Utada Hikaru

Life isn't all beer and skittles, but beer and skittles,
or something better of the same sort,
must form a good part of every Englishman's education.
- Thomas Hughes

The curse of me and my nation is that we always think
things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort,
any sort rather than no sort.
- Plato

I knew nothing about film at all.
I suppose the biggest surprise is all these things.
In the theatre we sort of do, I might do two or three
key interviews and that would be it.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber

The great thing and the hard thing is to stick to thing
when you have outlived the first interest and not yet
the second which comes with a sort of mastery.
- Janet Erskine Stuart

Well, one doesn't try to hold Cass and Denny and Michelle together.
It's a useless task to start with.
You just sort of stay out of the way and let things roll as they can.
- John Phillips

Even with Extreme, I don't think you have a choice
but to sort of have somewhat of an influence of the times.
- Nuno Bettencourt

Wizards was my homage to Tolkien in the American idiom.
I had read Tolkien, understood Tolkien,
and wanted to do a sort of fantasy for American kids,
and that was Wizards.
- Ralph Bakshi

I suppose subconsciously I was thinking in terms of
having the scale of it matching the scale of the images.
Hence the sort of string quartet, jazz band and electronic stuff.
- Jonny Greenwood

Journalism is the protection between people and any
sort of totalitarian rule.
That's why my hero, admittedly a flawed one,
is a journalist.
- Andrew Vachss

Yes, but I think if you look at it with a sort of gay
sensibility and want everything to be positive about gay life,
it could be interpreted as antigay.
- John Schlesinger

I enjoy countless hundreds pursuing me.
I love those who love me the most.
I am sort of flattered by men showing attention to me.
- Hedy Lamarr

Democracy...
is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder;
and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.
- Plato

I have always had good strength in my legs from working out with weights.
I have also been riding a bike of some sort for most
of my life and have good agility.
- Mark-Paul Gosselaar

When my grandfather died, I started adopting some of his accents,
to sort of remind myself of him.
A homage.
He was a war hero, and he was really great with his hands.
- Gavin DeGraw

Then I started listenin' a lot to classical composers.
Piano works.
Just to see what they were doin'.
That sort of put me in a different groove to try to blend all that in.
- Mose Allison

So it really does have a sort of bittersweet quality.
Kids like to have adventures and to believe they can fly,
but there's also that fear about people leaving you.
- Cathy Rigby

We concluded that you cannot rely on delta hedging alone.
It sounds simplistic to say that now,
but back then, this was the sort of thing people were
only just beginning to realize.
- John Hull

I just feel like there hasn't been enough time away
from all this other stuff and into this new world or
sort of big world that it hasn't worn off yet.
- Mike Lowry


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