Have you ever stopped to consider how much we learn from our neighbors to the East? Many of the things we do today are attributed to lessons we learned from the wise people in the East who have come before us.
From inventions like gunpowder to creating medical treatments that we are just beginning to understand, there seems to be an endless supply of lessons we are learning from the East. And it’s not just food, medicine and industry inventions that we can learn from, but also intellectual. To that end here are a few inspirational quotes that have also come from the east.
Lau-Tzu is considered the father of Taoism. He is a philosopher who is credited with writing the Tao Te Ching. Here are a few quotes he also wrote.
“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.”
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
“He or she who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.”
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. “
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”
“The universe is sacred. You cannot improve it. If you try to change it, you will ruin it. If you try to hold it, you will lose it.”
Confucius was a well known Chinese philosopher and thinker who had a focus on the study of government, sincerity and morality.
“If three of us travel together, I shall find two teachers.”
“A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”
“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”
“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.”
“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
“Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.
Mahatma Gandhi, while he may not have considered himself a philosopher, came out with a number of inspirational quotes to live by as he was the ideological leader of India in the early 1900s. He championed civil rights, equality and non-violence as his quotes will show.
“To see the universal and all-pervading spirit of truth face to face one must be able to love the meanest of creatures as oneself.”
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always.”
“It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
“One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds.”
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
“It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored by the humiliation of their fellow beings.”
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