Who is Lao Tzu?

Lao Tzu (also known as Laozi) was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism, and a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.

A semi-legendary figure, Lao Tzu was usually portrayed as a 6th-century BC contemporary of Confucius, but some modern historians consider him to have lived during the Warring States period of the 4th century BC.

A central figure in Chinese culture, Laozi is claimed by both the emperors of the Tang dynasty and modern people of the Li surname as a founder of their lineage. Laozi’s work has been embraced by both various anti-authoritarian movements and Chinese Legalism. (Wikipedia)

The essence of Lao Tzu’s teachings was the importance of seeking to live in harmony with the Tao. Lao Tzu implied that the Tao was beyond name and form and could never be adequately expressed in words.

He served as the keeper of the archives for the Royal Court of Zhou, and would have had access to the great literature of ancient Chinese culture. This would have helped inform his own philosophy.

Lao Tzu went beyond synthesis of past ideas and created a new strain of philosophy which expressed mystical sentiments in thought-provoking paradox and analogies.

If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place. – Lao Tzu.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. – Lao Tzu.

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. – Lao Tzu.

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides. – Lao Tzu.