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Chuang Tzu quotes (13)
The true men of old were not afraid when they stood alone in their views. No great exploits. No plans. If they failed no sorrow. No self-congratulation in success.... The true men of old knew no lust for life no dread of death. Their entrance was without gladness their exit yonder without resistance. Easy come easy go. They did not forget where from nor ask where to nor drive grimly forward fighting their way through life. They took life as it came gladly; took death as it came without care; and went away yonder. Yonder! They had no mind to fight Tao. They did not try by their own contriving to help Tao along. These are the ones we call true men. Minds free thoughts gone. Brows clear faces serene.
Chuang Tzu Category: Life
Chuang Tzu Category: Friendship
Men honor what lies within the sphere of their knowledge but do not realize how dependent they are on what lies beyond it.
Chuang Tzu Category: Dependent
When there is no more separation between this and that it is called the still-point of the Tao. At the still point in the center of the circle one can see the infinite in all things.
Chuang Tzu Category: Unsorted
The non-action of the wise man is not inaction. It is not studied. It is not shaken by anything. The sage is quiet because he is not moved not because he wills to be quiet.... Joy does all things without concern. For emptiness stillness tranquillity tastelessness silence and non-action are the root of all things.
Chuang Tzu Category: Action
If you persist in trying to attain what is never attained (It is Taos gift) if you persist in making effort to obtain what effort cannot get if you persist in reasoning about what cannot be understood you will be destroyed by the very thing you seek. To know when to stop to know when you can get no further by your own action this is the right beginning!
Chuang Tzu Category: Begin
Those that think that wealth is the proper thing for them cannot give up their revenues; those that seek distinction cannot give up the thought of fame; those that cleave to power cannot give the handle of it to others. While they hold their grasp of those things they are afraid of losing them. When they let them go they are grieved and they will not look at a single example from which they might perceive the folly of their restless pursuits such men are under the doom of heaven.
Chuang Tzu Category: Wealth
The man in whom Tao acts without impediment harms no other being by his actions yet he does not know himself to be kind to be gentle.... (He) does not bother with his own interests and does not despise others who do. He does not struggle to make money and does not make a virtue of poverty. He goes his way without relying on others and does not pride himself on walking alone. While he does not follow the crowd he wont complain of those who do. Rank and reward make no appeal to him; disgrace and shame do not deter him. He is not always looking for right and wrong always deciding Yes or No. The ancients said therefore: The man of Tao remains unknown. Perfect virtue produces nothing. No-Self is True-Self. And the greatest man is Nobody.
Chuang Tzu Category: Nobody
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.
Chuang Tzu Category: Indispensable
To name Tao is to name nothing. Tao is not the name of (something created). Cause and chance have no bearing on the Tao. Tao is a name that indicates without defining. Tao is beyond words and beyond things. It is not expressed either in word or in silence. Where there is no longer word or silence Tao is apprehended.
Chuang Tzu Category: Name
When the shoe fits the foot is forgotten. When the belt fits the belly is forgotten. When the heart is right for and against are forgotten. No drives no compulsions no needs no attractions: Then your affairs are under control. You are a free man.
Chuang Tzu Category: Forget
The perfect man uses his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing. It regrets nothing. It receives but does not keep.
Chuang Tzu Category: Mind
If a man is crossing a river and an empty boat collides with his own skiff even though he be a bad-tempered man he will not become very angry. But if he sees a man in the boat he will shout at him to steer clear. If the shout is not heard he will shout
Chuang Tzu Category: Anger