Steve Jobs, Lao Tzu, and Goethe


The following are some great quotes I’ve come across, thanks to a certain friend.

“Nothing is more revolting than the majority; for it consists of few vigorous predecessors, of knaves who accommodate themselves, of weak people who assimilate themselves, and the mass that toddles after them without knowing in the least what it wants”
– Goethe

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
– Steve Jobs

The other day, I was at a discussion about a passage from the Tao:
“In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is added. In the practice of the Tao, every day something is dropped.
Less and less do you need to force things, until finally you arrive at non-action. When nothing is done, nothing is left undone. True mastery can be gained by letting things go their own way.
It can’t be gained by interfering.”

In IM, my friend and I got talking about it and this was what he said. I have to say I agree completely, and it seems that many people forget this about Lao Tzu.

In response:
“Well, realize that Lao Tzu is discussing the Te. He’s not saying you shouldn’t do anything. He’s saying you should do everything as if it were nothing (not in a narcissistic sense, but in the sense that all things are easily done).”

Just wanted to share, thanks for reading!

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2 thoughts on “Steve Jobs, Lao Tzu, and Goethe

  1. Wise words. I particularly like Lao Tzu’s. In a modern world, we always try to change things, which is different from living/going through change, something innate to life. Finding a balance between not interfering and feeling comfortable with life is not easy! Thank you for the food for thought, Chrae!

    • Chraeloos says:

      I agree whole-heartedly. Finding the balance is something completely personal and something I find extremely hard to reach. It’s calm, there, I’m sure. It would be so easy, once you can accept that there’s no need to meddle, to get involved or to stress over the change that is constantly happening around us. It seems as if in these days there is so much change that we don’t know how to handle it all. It’s so easy to feel scared, or even confused or stressed by it. Lao Tzu’s words really mean a lot, I think.

      Thanks for reading and commenting! Much appreciated!

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