When we first received the invitation to provide 360 Taoist Quotes in English we were a little apprehensive but realised the importance of having Taoist Quotes in English. As Taoism is indigenous to China, the works and teachings are in Chinese, and the outreach and propagation to the world is slow due to language and communication challenges. Hence, we could not turn away this uphill undertaking.
After reviewing the demographics of the readers and what would interest them, we decided to compile 360 quotes from academics, linguists and practitioners who have written in English on the Tao and Taoism covering Tao Te Ching, Taoism scriptures, liturgies and commentaries.
The selection of quotes provides the readers with fundamentals of Taoist spiritual tradition which is a vast ocean, flowing into it are the indigenous beliefs of the early Chinese, the personal vision of the sages, the theories and fndings of the mysterious Tao, its complementary relationship with universe, nature and civilisation. Virtue, the epitome to being one with the Tao, is the underlying foundation to peace and harmony for all myriad things.
This compilation of quotes is made possible with the resources from these books and scriptures:
The Book of Laozi; The Book of Zhuangzi; The book of Lieh Tzu; The Scripture of Peace and Tranquillity; Treatise of the Supreme Venerable on Response and Retribution; The True Scripture of the Big Dipper, the Governor of Longevity and Destiny, as revealed the Supreme Venerable Lord Tai Shang and other Taoist Scriptures.
Our thanks to Multi-Faith Multicultural Centre | Pure Land Learning College Association, INC, Australia for publishing this book.
Reverend Master LEE Zhiwang
President TAOIST MISSION (SINGAPORE) Singapore 'Yu Huang Gong',
Temple of Heavenly Jade Emperor Tao Theology & Culture Centre, Singapore