Zhuang Zhou, renowned as Zhuangzi, was an eminent Chinese philosopher, who lived during the Warring States period around the 4th century B.C. He is best-known for writing ‘Zhuangzi,’ a work that forms the foundational text of Daoism. In its current shape, it is divided into three parts and consists of 33 chapters. Zhuangzi is also celebrated for the use of parables and ingenious wordplay that he used in order to convey the messages. He is also known to have given humorous and ironic critiques of historical figures and Confucian society. Following is the list of famous quotes and sayings by Zhuangzi, which have been gathered from his works, thoughts, writings, books-in part or in whole and life. Read through the notable collection of quotes and thoughts by Zhuangzi on meditation, education, teaching, happiness, heart, peace, life, Taoism, truth, knowledge, limitations, ignorance etc.
Don't go in and hide; don't come out and shine; stand stock-still in the middle.
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.
To 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...
We can't expect a blind man to appreciate beautiful patterns or a deaf man to listen to bells and drums. And blindness and deafness are not confined to the body alone - the understanding has them, too.
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.
When a man does not dwell in self, then things will of themselves reveal their forms to him. His movement is like that of water, his stillness like that of a mirror, his responses like those of an echo.
Understanding that rests in what it does not understand is the finest.
When a hideous man becomes a father
And a son is born to him
In the middle of the night
He trembles and lights a lamp
And runs to look in anguish
On that child's face
To see who he resembles.
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.
When men do not forget what can be forgotten but forget what cannot be forgotten - that may be called true forgetting.
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.