Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell

Tao Te Ching


In eighty-one brief chapters, Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao—the basic principle of the universe.

Favorite Quotes

  • The Tao is like a well:
    used but never used up.
    It is like the eternal void:
    it is filled with infinite possibilities.

    It is hidden but always present.
    I don't know who gave birth to it.
    It is older than God.

  • Since before time and space were,
    the Tao is.
    It is beyond is and is not.
    How do I know this is true?
    I look inside myself and see.

  • Care about people's approval,
    and you will be their prisoner.