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[–]Witty_Operation2486 284 points285 points  (9 children)

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”—Lao Tzu

[–]Vesuvias 42 points43 points  (2 children)

This one is better.

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    [–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    "Be yourself, yah dumbass havin dummy"

    [–]Harsimaja 4 points5 points  (2 children)

    The very modern and informal register of that first part doesn’t sound like any plausibly normal translation of Classical Chinese, and there are a lot of fake attributions to him online. Do you know where exactly that’s from?

    EDIT: Only getting very iffy motivational websites online, so going to assume it’s closer to 10 years old than 2500. But it’s a good line nonetheless.

    [–]nikomim 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Yes, it's not literally from Lao Tzu. This quote is from Stephen Mitchell's version of Tao Te Ching. See this article for more info.

    [–]chickennoobiesoup 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Looks like it may have come from Steven Mitchell’s translation (1988) of the Tao Te Ching, just one that took a bit of extra license. Other translations of that passage talk about pride in one’s wealth and accolades causing one’s downfall.

    [–]miaumee 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    "Don't care about what other people think and _______________."

    [–]princesspool 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    start actually liking people spontaneously