Circa 500 — 300 B.C.
It’s likely that neither Lao Tzu, Sun Tzu, nor Chaung Tzu were individual people but rather mystical titles that accredit authorship of classical Taoist texts. Taoist thought is inherently contradictory and cryptic, though Lao Tzu, or Old Master, is accredited with authoring the clearest explication of Taoism in the Tao Te Ching. Sun Tzu, or Master Sun, is accredited with authoring The Art of War which is essential reading for war-makers and peace-makers alike. Chuang Tzu, or Master Chuang, is accredited with authoring Chuang Tzu — the most cryptic Taoist classic.
The world will order itself. — Tao Te Ching #37
Give evil nothing to oppose and it will disappear by itself. — Tao Te Ching #60
Those who are not thoroughly aware of the disadvantages in the use of arms cannot be thoroughly aware of the advantages in the use of arms. — The Art of War
In military matters it is not necessarily beneficial to have more strength, only to avoid acting aggressively; it is enough to consolidate your power, assess opponents, and get people, that is all. — The Art of War
We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away. — Chuang Tzu