'Chinese Philosopher from c.604 - c.521 BC.
Lao-tze is the reputed author of the "Tao Te Ching" and founder of the Taoist religion in China. His name means "Old Master" and "Tao" means the "Way". Lao-tze became famous as a sage, or wise man, of China during the so-called "Age of Philosophers".
The "Tao Te Ching" teaches a nonagressive approach to life and a stoical indifference to the powers of the world. It called for a return to an imaginary simple way of the past and for a style of life in harmony with the universe. It says that man must imitate the universe, which endures because it does not live for itself.