I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

Laozi (also Lao-Tzu or Lao-Tze (Lǎozǐ, lit. “Old Master” 604 BC – 531 BCE) was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer.

Laozi is known as the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism, and as a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.

Although a legendary figure, Laozi is usually dated to around the 6th century BCE and reckoned a contemporary of Confucius, but some historians contend that he actually lived during the Warring States period of the 5th or 4th century BCE. A central figure in Chinese culture, Laozi is claimed by both the emperors of the Tang dynasty and modern people of the Li surname as a founder of their lineage. Laozi’s work has been embraced by various anti-authoritarian movements as well as Chinese legalism.