Zhuangzi Quotes

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  • Verily God does not reward man for what he does, but for what he is.

    Men   Understanding   Doe  
  • If one is true to one's inner self, and follows its wisdom, who is without a teacher?

    Teacher   Self   Coaching  
  • Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education.

    Zhuangzi (1927). “Musings of a Chinese Mystic: Selections from the Philosophy of Chuang Tzŭ”
  • Sorrow and happiness are the heresies of virtue; joy and anger lead astray from TAO; love and hate cause loss of virtue. The heart unconscious of sorrow and happiness - that is perfect virtue. One, without change - that is perfect repose. Without any obstruction - that is the perfection of the unconditioned. Holding no relations with the external world, - that is perfection of the negative state. Without blemish of any kind, - that is the perfection of purity.

    Hate   Heart   Loss  
  • When affirmation and negation came into being, Tao faded. After Tao faded, then came one-sided attachments.

  • The bait is the means to get the fish where you want it, catch the fish and you forget the bait. The snare is the means to get the rabbit where you want it, catch the rabbit and forget the snare. Words are the means to get the idea where you want it, catch on to the idea and you forget about the words. Where shall I find a man who forgets about words, and have a word with him?

    Creativity   Mean   Men  
  • The Tao has no place for pettiness, and nor has Virtue. Pettiness is dangerous to Virtue; pettiness is dangerous to the Tao. It is said, rectify yourself and be done.

    Done   Tao   Virtue  
  • A frog in a well cannot conceive of the ocean.

    Ocean   Frogs   Wells  
  • If we look on heaven and earth as a single crucible, and on the creator as the founder, would there be any place I could not go? When it is time, I will fall asleep, and when the right time comes, I will wake up again.

    Fall   Fate   Heaven  
  • My description of wisdom has nothing to do with benevolence and righteousness, it is to do with being wise in one's own virtue, nothing more. My description of being has nothing to do with benevolence and righteousness, it is that one should be led by one's innate nature, nothing more.

    Wise   Wisdom   Virtue  
  • The tao is made because we walk it,things become what they are called.

    Tao   Made   Walks  
  • The sound of water says what I think.

    Nature   Thinking   Water  
  • To regard the fundamental as the essence, to regard things as coarse, to regard accumulation as deficiency, and to dwell quietly alone with the spiritual and the intelligent - herein lie the techniques of Tao of the ancients.

  • The hearing that is only in the ears is one thing. The hearing of the understanding is another. But the hearing of the spirit is not limited to any one faculty to the ear, or to the mind.

    "The Living Bread". Book by Thomas Merton, 1956.
  • Good order results spontaneously when things are let alone

    Order   Results  
  • A battering ram can knock down a city wall, but it cannot stop a hole. Different things have different uses.

    Wall   Cities   Rams  
  • The greatest tragedy that can befall a person is the atrophy of his mind.

    Mind   Tragedy   Persons  
  • Can a man cling to the positive without any negative in contrast to which it is seen to be positive? If he claims to do so he is a rouge or a madman.

  • The eye is a menace to clear sight, the ear is a menace to subtle hearing, the mind is a menace to wisdom, every organ of the senses is a menace to its own capacity.

    Eye   Sight   Mind  
    Ad Reinhardt, Barbara Rose (1991). “Art-as-art: The Selected Writings of Ad Reinhardt”, p.205, Univ of California Press
  • The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you've gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you've gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you've gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?

    Zhuangzi, Burton Watson, Columbia College (Columbia University) (1968). “The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu”, p.302, Columbia University Press
  • To use what has a boundary to pursue what is limitless is dangerous; with this knowledge, if we still go after knowledge, we will run into trouble. Do not do what is good in order to gain praise. If you do what is bad be sure to avoid the punishment. Follow the Middle Course, for this is the way to keep yourself together, to sustain your life, to care for your parents and to live for many years.

  • Human life is limited, but knowledge is limitless. To drive the limited in pursuit of the limitless is fatal; and to presume that one really knows is fatal indeed!

  • That knowledge which stops at what it does not know, is the highest knowledge.

    Science   Doe   Knows  
  • Once upon a time, I dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was myself. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.

    Dream   Butterfly   Men  
    'Chuang Tzu' (1889, translated by H. A. Giles) ch. 2
  • The hundred parts of the body are all complete in their places. Which should one prefer? Do you like them all equally? Are they all servants? Are they unable to control one another and need a ruler? Or do they become rulers and servants in turn? Is there any true ruler other than themselves?

    Needs   Body   Hundred  
  • Although things seem to be sometimes going up and sometimes descending, sometimes slipping away, nevertheless there is a reality, the same today as in the past. It does not change, for nothing can affect it. Could we not say it is one great harmony? So why shouldn't we ask about it.

    Past   Reality   Doe  
  • When the heart is right, "for" and "against" are forgotten.

  • Water becomes clear and transparent when in a quiescent stage. How much the more wonderful will be the mind of a sage when poised in quiescence! It is the mirror of heaven and earth, reflecting the ten thousand things.

    Mirrors   Water   Heaven  
  • My most interesting memory is of my first real dream. I was a caterpillar, wriggling around in the earth, just the way a caterpillar would. Following my caterpillar whims, completely unaware of anyone.

    Dream   Memories   Real  
    Source: www.believermag.com
  • Let your mind wander in the pure and simple. Be one with the infinite. Let all things take their course.

    Simple   Mind   Infinite  
    Zhuangzi (2000). “Chuan Tsu: Inner Chapters”
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