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Zhuangzi Quote: “So it is said, for him who understands Heavenly joy, life is the working of Heaven; death is the transformation of things. In stillness, he and the yin share a single Virtue; in motion, he and the yang share a single flow.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “The man who has forgotten self may be said to have entered Heaven.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “A good completion takes a long time; a bad completion cannot be changed later.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “You have only to rest in inaction and things will transform themselves. Smash your form and body, spit out hearing and eyesight, forget you are a thing among other things, and you may join in great unity with the deep and boundless.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “Don’t you know about the praying mantis that waved its arms angrily in front of an approaching carriage, unaware that they were incapable of stopping it? Such was the high opinion it had of its talents.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “When once we have received the bodily form complete, its parts do not fail to perform their functions till the end comes. In conflict with things or in harmony with them, they pursue their course to the end, with the speed of a galloping horse which cannot be stopped; – is it not sad? To be constantly toiling all one’s lifetime, without seeing the fruit of one’s labour, and to be weary and worn out with his labour, without knowing where he is going to: – is it not a deplorable case?”
Zhuangzi Quote: “How do I know that the dead don’t regret the way they used to cling to life?”
Zhuangzi Quote: “But a gentleman may embrace a doctrine without necessarily wearing the garb that goes with it, and he may wear the garb without necessarily comprehending the doctrine.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “People who excuse their faults and claim they didn’t deserved to be punished – there are lots of them. But those who don’t excuse their faults and admit they didn’t deserve to be spared – they are few.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “Moreover, I have heard that those who are fond of praising men to their faces are also fond of damning them behind their backs.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “All men know the use of the useful, but nobody knows the use of the useless!”
Zhuangzi Quote: “In the world everyone knows enough to pursue what he does not know, but no one knows enough to pursue what he already knows. Everyone knows enough to condemn what he takes to be no good, but no one knows enough to condemn what he has already taken to be good.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “All attempts to create something admirable are the weapons of evil. You may think you are practising benevolence and righteousness, but in effect you will be creating a kind of artificiality. Where a model exists, copies will be made of it; where success has been gained, boasting follows; where debate exists, there will be outbreaks of hostility.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “Can you be a little baby? The baby howls all day, yet its throat never gets hoarse – harmony at its height! The baby makes fists all day, yet its fingers never get cramped – virtue is all it holds to. The baby stares all day without blinking its eyes – it has no preferences in the world of externals.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “Those who count things are not worthy of assisting the people.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “Not to understand is profound; to understand is shallow. Not to understand is to be on the inside; to understand is to be on the outside.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “Eyes that are blind have no way to tell the loveliness of faces and features; eyes with no pupils have no way to tell the beauty of colored and embroidered silks.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “If you’d called me an ox, I’d have said I was an ox; if you’d called me a horse, I’d have said I was a horse. If the reality is there and you refuse to accept the name men give it, you’ll only lay yourself open to double harassment.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “In the midst of darkness, he alone sees the dawn; in the midst of the soundless, he alone hears harmony.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “You should find the same joy in one condition as in the other and thereby be free of care, that is all. But now, when the things that happened along take their leave, you cease to be joyful. From this point of view, though you have joy, it will always be fated for destruction.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “Now you, Sir, have a large tree, and you don’t know how to use it, so why not plant it in the middle of nowhere, where you can go to wander or fall asleep under its shade? No axe under Heaven will attack it, nor shorten its days, for something which is useless will never be disturbed.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “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.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “Words have value; what is of value in words is meaning. Meaning has something it is pursuing, but the thing that it is pursuing cannot be put into words and handed down.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “Do not use life to give life to death. Do not use death to bring death to life.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “When I speak of good hearing, I do not mean listening to others; I mean simply listening to yourself. When I speak of good eyesight, I do not mean looking at others; I mean simply looking at yourself. He who does not look at himself but looks at others, who does not get hold of himself but gets hold of others, is getting what other men have got and failing to get what he himself has got. He finds joy in what brings joy to other men, but finds no joy in what would bring joy to himself.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “When men do not forget what can be forgotten but forget what cannot be forgotten – that may be called true forgetting.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “To forget the whole world is easy; to make the whole world forget you is hard.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “A man like this will not go where he has no will to go, will not do what he has no mind to do. Though the world might praise him and say he had really found something, he would look unconcerned and never turn his head; though the world might condemn him and say he had lost something, he would look serene and pay no heed. The praise and blame of the world are no loss or gain to him.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “He who has mastered the true nature of life does not labor over what life cannot do. He who has mastered the true nature of fate does not labor over what knowledge cannot change.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “The Spirit Tower has its guardian, but unless it understands who its guardian is, it cannot be guarded.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “I have heard that he who knows what is enough will not let himself be entangled by thoughts of gain; that he who really understands how to find satisfaction will not be afraid of other kinds of loss; and that he who practices the cultivation of what is within him will not be ashamed because he holds no position in society.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “Men all pay homage to what understanding understands, but no one understands enough to rely upon what understanding does not understand and thereby come to understand.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “With all the confusion in the world these days, no matter how often I point the way, what good does it do? And if I know it does no good and still make myself do it, this too is a kind of confusion. So it is best to leave things alone and not force them. If I don’t force things, at least I won’t cause anyone any worry.”
Zhuangzi Quote: “Thus, the Sage uses various rights and wrongs to harmonize with others and yet remains at rest in the middle of Heaven the Potter’s Wheel.”
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