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Lao-tzu (Lao-tse, Lao-tsze, Li Erh)

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Born: 604? AD
Died: 531? AD.

Nationality: Chinese
Categories: Monks, Philosopher, Religious Leaders

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551 - 479 - The first Lao Tzu was a man named Li Erh or Li Tan, who came from the village of Ch'üjen in the southern Chinese state of Ch'u. Li Erh served as historian in charge of the official records in the Chinese imperial capital of Loyang. He was a peer of the famous Chinese philosopher Confucius, and he is reported to have given an interview to Confucius when he came to Loyang seeking information on the Chou ritual.

     - He was the Founder of Taoism.

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Page last updated: 12:21pm, 09th Apr '07

  • "He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know."
  • "To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage."
  • "Without going out-of-doors, one can know all he needs to know. Without even looking out of his window, one can grasp the nature of everything. Without going beyond his own nature, one can achieve ultimate wisdom. Therefore, the intelligent man knows all he needs to know without going away, And sees all he needs to see without looking elsewhere, And does all he needs to do wihout undue exertion."
  • "Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power."
  • "Pride attaches undue importance to the superiority of one's status in the eyes of others; And shame is fear of humiliation at one's inferior status in the estimation of others. When one sets his heart on being highly esteemed, and achieves such rating, then he is automatically involved in fear of losing his status."