Lao Tzu practised the Way and the Virtue (Tao and Te) and his teachings sought to dispel the self.  He lived in Chou for a long time, but seeing its corruption, he departed.  Upon reaching the Pass, the Keeper who lived there was delighted to see him and asked him 'As you are just about to leave this world behind you, would you for my sake, write a book of your thoughts'.  In response to this Lao Tzu wrote a book of two sections, laying out the Way and the Virtue ... and then departed.  He was never seen again and no one knew where he went.  

Life, all life .... began without words, 

Life is made - and no one owns it.  

The Tao is neither selfish nor proud. 

The Tao is generous and graceful in what it does

Without ever claiming any merit

And the sage's greatness lies in taking no credit.