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Taoism

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Definition popular Chinese philosophical system based in teachings of Lao-tzu (compassion, moderation, humility, and noninterference with the course of natural events)
  • Taoism emphasizes compassion, moderation, and humility.
  • CURTAIN Tao House September 20, 1940
    Eugene O'Neill  --  Long Day's Journey into Night
  • "Next year, assuming my lungs hold out, we'll study Taoism, Hinduism, and Judaism together—"
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • Father was relating how he had met an old Taoist priest at the market, a remarkable and strange man.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • It is what Taoists call Wu Wei, literally to go with the flow.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • His family, as you may be aware, wished to condemn them to the fire; but his executor—a Taoist or Buddhist monk—insisted on their publication.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • A clanging dock where steel cranes unloaded steamers from Buenos Ayres and Tsing-tao.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • "Good evening, sir," said Under Director Zhu Tao.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • There were also, it appeared, a Taoist and a Confucian temple further along the valley.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • The Taoist landscape paintings of China and Japan depict supremely the heavenliness of this terrestrial state.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • He was a tao listo, a carnival type, a whorehouse visitor.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • My mother placed my first trophy next to a new plastic chess set that the neighborhood Tao society had given to me.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • Or, "Rang huo tao man xia lai."
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao's Last Dancer
  • Dharmakaya, Tao, Brahman.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • My tao was yukking it up with his buddies in the yard.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • He became aware that the doctrinal differences among Hinduism and Buddhism and Taoism are not anywhere near as important as doctrinal differences among Christianity and Islam and Judaism.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • And Taoism.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • He scanned the titles on the bookshelf: The God Particle The Tao of Physics God: The Evidence One of the bookends was etched with a quote: TRUE SCIENCE DISCOVERS GOD WAITING BEHIND EVERY DOOR.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Tao!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The bombs also fell on the Vietcong, the Viet Minh, the French, the Laotians, the Cambodians, the Pathet Lao, the Khmer Rouge, the Montagnards, the Hmong, the Maoists, the Taoists, the Buddhists, the monks, the nuns, the rice farmers, the pig farmers, the student protesters and war resisters and flower people, the Chicago 7, the Chicago 8, the Catonsville 9—they were all, pretty much, the enemy.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld

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