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The quotes of Tchuang Tzu

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A ll is sheltered by heaven and accommodated by earth, unconditionally.

quote 7698  | 

H eaven and earth coexist with me, and I am One with all beings.

quote 7697  | 

T he mountain trees do themselves harm; the grease in the torch burns itself up. The cinnamon can be eaten and so it gets cut down; the lacquer tree can be used and so it gets hacked apart. All men know the use of the useful, but nobody knows the use of the useless!

quote 7376  | 

H ave you heard about the mantis which 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.

quote 7375  | 

E verything has its that, everything has its this. From the point of view of that, you cannot see it, but through understanding you can know it. So I say, that comes of this and this depends on that which is to say that this and that give birth to each other.

quote 7374  | 

T o pile fire on fire, to add water to water, and is called increasing the excessive.

quote 7373  | 

I f water is not pi led up deep enough, it wont have the strength to bear up a big boat.

quote 7372  | 

Y ou are not a fish; how do you know what constitutes the enjoyment of fishes?

quote 7371  | 

Z huangzi in the forest saw a cicada, which had just alighted in a beautiful shady spot, and forgot its (care for its) body. (Just then), a preying mantis raised its feelers, and pounced on the cicada, in its eagerness for its prey, (also) forgetting (its care for) its body; while the bird took advantage of its opportunity to secure them both, in view of that gain forgetting its true (instinct of preservation). with an emotion of pity, said, Ah! so it is that things bring evil on one another, each of these creatures invited its own calamity.

quote 7370  | 

T he interaction of superior men is tasteless as water, while that of mean men is sweet as new wine. But the tastelessness of the superior men leads on to affection, and the sweetness of the mean men to aversion. The union which originates without any cause will end in separation without any cause.

quote 7369  | 

T he practice of the Tao flows abroad, but its master does not care to dwell where it can be seen; his attainments in it hold their course, but he does not wish to appear in its display. Always simple and commonplace, he may seem to be bereft of reason. He obliterates the traces of his action, gives up position and power, and aims not at merit and fame. Therefore he does not censure men, and men do not censure him. The perfect man does not seek to be heard of; how is it that you delight in doing so?

quote 7368  | 

T hink of the close-furred fox and of the elegantly-spotted leopard. They lodge in the forests on the hills, and lurk in their holes among the rocks - keeping still. At night they go about, and during day remain in their lairs - so cautious are they. Even if they are suffering from hunger, thirst, and other distresses, they still keep aloof from men, seeking their food about the Jiang and the Hu - so resolute are they. Still they are not able to escape the danger of the net or the trap; and what fault is it of theirs? It is their skins which occasion them the calamity.

quote 7367  | 

U nion brings on separation; success, overthrow; sharp corners, the use of the file; honour, critical remarks; active exertion, failure; wisdom, scheming; inferiority, being despised: where is the possibility of unchangeable in any of these conditions? Remember this, my disciples. Let your abode be here - in the Tao and its Attributes.

quote 7366  | 

Z huangzi was walking on a mountain, when he saw a great tree with huge branches and luxuriant foliage. A wood-cutter was resting by its side, but he would not touch it, and, when asked the reason, said, that it was of no use for anything, Zhuangzi then said to his disciples, This tree, because its wood is good for nothing, will succeed in living out its natural term of years. Having left the mountain, the Master lodged in the house of an old friend, who was glad to see him, and ordered his waiting-lad to kill a goose and boil it. The lad said, One of our geese can cackle, and the other cannot - which of them shall I kill?The host said, Kill the one that cannot cackle.

quote 7365  | 

N ow you, Sir, have a large tree, and you dont 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.

quote 7364  | 

T hose who seek to satisfy the mind of man by hampering it with ceremonies and music and affecting charity and devotion have lost their original nature.

quote 7363  | 

M aster Dongguo asked Zhuangzi, This thing called the Tao - where does it exist? said, Theres no place it doesnt exist. Come, said Master Dongguo, you must be more specific! It is in the ant. As low a thing as that? It is in the panic grass. But thats lower still! It is in the tiles and shards. How can it be so low? It is in the piss and shit!

quote 7362  | 

H e who steals a belt buckle pays with his life; he who steals a state gets to be a feudal lord.

quote 7361  | 

T he Heavenly Gate is nonbeing. The ten thousand things come forth from nonbeing. Being cannot create being out of being; inevitably it must come forth from nonbeing. Nonbeing is absolute nonbeing, and it is here that the sage hides himself.

quote 7360  | 

I n all affairs, whether large or small, there are few men who reach a happy conclusion except through Tao. If you do not succeed, you are bound to suffer from the judgment of men. If you do succeed, you are bound to suffer from the yin and yang. To suffer no harm whether or not you succeed - only the man who has virtue can do that.

quote 7359  | 

W ith 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 dont force things, at least I wont cause anyone any worry.

quote 7358  | 

T he man who has forgotten self may be said to have entered Heaven.

quote 7357  | 

T o use a horse to show that a horse is not a horse is not as good as using a non-horse to show that a horse is not a horse...

quote 7356  | 

T he Spirit Tower has its guardian, but unless it understands who its guardian is, it cannot be guarded.

quote 7355  | 

W hen youre betting for tiles in an archery contest, you shoot with skill. When youre betting for fancy belt buckles, you worry about your aim. And when youre betting for real gold, youre a nervous wreck. Your skill is the same in all three cases - but because one prize means more to you than another, you let outside considerations weigh on your mind. He who looks too hard at the outside gets clumsy on the inside.

quote 7354  | 

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