8 Quotes By Lao Tzu that Might Change Your Life, Business and Relationships

“The best fighter is never angry.”

Sinem Günel
Published in
7 min readFeb 12, 2020


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After reading typical self-improvement books for half a decade, I lately decided I want to learn more from ancient philosophers and spiritual teachers.

I highly admire the work of the authors whose content I’ve been consuming for so long, yet stumbling over the following quote made me rethink what type of content to consume in the future:

“If you only read the books that everyone is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

— Haruki Marukami

I won’t say that’s a permanent decision, yet for now, I enjoy learning more about and from ancient philosophers and spiritual teachers.

Lately, I shared an article summarizing what I’ve learned from Confucius. As I received great feedback, I decided to share the lessons of other people I learn from as well.

This week, I dived deep into understanding who Lao Tzu was and what he created throughout his lifetime.

Lao Tzu was a Chinese philosopher who lived in the 6th century B.C. He is also known as Laotsi and is believed to be the founder of Taoism.

Here are life-lessons we can learn from his teachings:

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

I assume most of us already stumbled upon this quote a few times. Yet, we often struggle to take it seriously.

In my experience, most people have huge dreams, yet, they fail to start. They precisely fail because they are afraid to start at the bottom.

We often see successful people and follow their achievements on social media. By doing so, we believe success came easily to them. We forget that they also started somewhere.

No matter what we want to achieve, the first steps are always the hardest. We need to cheer on ourselves and be proud of the tiniest achievements, even if the end result is still out of sight.



Sinem Günel

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