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56 Mind-Blowing Quotes By Zhuangzi

Famous As: Chinese Philosopher
Born On: 369 AD
Died On: 286 AD
Born In: Shangqiu, Henan province, China
Died At Age: -83
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.
Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.

Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.

Zhuangzi
A path is made by walking on it.

A path is made by walking on it.

Zhuangzi
Rewards and punishment is the lowest form of education.

Rewards and punishment is the lowest form of education.

Zhuangzi
The wise man knows that it is better to sit on the banks of a remote mountain stream than to be emperor of the whole world.

The wise man knows that it is better to sit on the banks of a remote mountain stream than to be emperor of the whole world.

Zhuangzi
Happiness is the abscence of the striving for happiness.

Happiness is the abscence of the striving for happiness.

Zhuangzi
Forget the years, forget distinctions. Leap into the boundless and make it your home!

Forget the years, forget distinctions. Leap into the boundless and make it your home!

Zhuangzi
To a mind that is still, the entire universe surrenders.

To a mind that is still, the entire universe surrenders.

Zhuangzi
To be truly ignorant, be content with your own knowledge.

To be truly ignorant, be content with your own knowledge.

Zhuangzi
The sound of water says what I think.

The sound of water says what I think.

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If you have insight, you use your inner eye, your inner ear, to pierce to the heart of things, and have no need of intellectual knowledge.

If you have insight, you use your inner eye, your inner ear, to pierce to the heart of things, and have no need of intellectual knowledge.

Zhuangzi
We are born from a quiet sleep, and we die to a calm awakening

We are born from a quiet sleep, and we die to a calm awakening

Zhuangzi
When the heart is right,

When the heart is right, "for" and "against" are forgotten.

Zhuangzi
Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.

Zhuangzi
And how do I know that the hate of death is not like a man who has lost his home when young and does not know where his home is to return to?

And how do I know that the hate of death is not like a man who has lost his home when young and does not know where his home is to return to?

Zhuangzi
Where is that man who has forgotten words that I may have a word with him?

Where is that man who has forgotten words that I may have a word with him?

Zhuangzi
When affirmation and negation came into being, Tao faded. After Tao faded, then came one-sided attachments.

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

Zhuangzi
Men honor what lies within the sphere of their knowledge, but do not realize how dependent they are on what lies beyond it.

Men honor what lies within the sphere of their knowledge, but do not realize how dependent they are on what lies beyond it.

Zhuangzi
Cherish that which is in you and shut out that which is without, for much knowledge is a curse.

Cherish that which is in you and shut out that which is without, for much knowledge is a curse.

Zhuangzi
Only he who has no use for the empire is fit to be entrusted with it.

Only he who has no use for the empire is fit to be entrusted with it.

Zhuangzi
Where can I find a man who has forgotten words? He is the one I would like to talk to.

Where can I find a man who has forgotten words? He is the one I would like to talk to.

Zhuangzi
Cease striving. Then there will be transformation.

Cease striving. Then there will be transformation.

Zhuangzi
The petty thief is imprisoned but the big thief becomes a feudal lord.

The petty thief is imprisoned but the big thief becomes a feudal lord.

Zhuangzi
The one-legged creature is envious of the millipede; the millipede is envious of the snake; the snake is envious of the wind; the wind is envious of the eye; the eye is envious of the heart.

The one-legged creature is envious of the millipede; the millipede is envious of the snake; the snake is envious of the wind; the wind is envious of the eye; the eye is envious of the heart.

Zhuangzi
To forget the whole world is easy; to make the whole world forget you is hard.

To forget the whole world is easy; to make the whole world forget you is hard.

Zhuangzi
You can't discuss the ocean with a well frog - he's limited by the space he lives in. You can't discuss ice with a summer insect - he's bound to a single season.

You can't discuss the ocean with a well frog - he's limited by the space he lives in. You can't discuss ice with a summer insect - he's bound to a single season.

Zhuangzi
The man who has forgotten self may be said to have entered Heaven.

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

Zhuangzi
The Perfect Man uses his mind like a mirror - going after nothing, welcoming nothing, responding but not storing.

The Perfect Man uses his mind like a mirror - going after nothing, welcoming nothing, responding but not storing.

Zhuangzi
It can be passed on, but not received.
It can be obtained, but not seen.
可傳而不可受,可得而不可見.

It can be passed on, but not received. It can be obtained, but not seen. 可傳而不可受,可得而不可見.

Zhuangzi
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.

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
The little child learns to speak, though it has no learned teachers - because it lives with those who know how to speak.

The little child learns to speak, though it has no learned teachers - because it lives with those who know how to speak.

Zhuangzi
Your life has a limit, but knowledge has none. If you use what is limited to pursue what has no limit, you will be in danger.

Your life has a limit, but knowledge has none. If you use what is limited to pursue what has no limit, you will be in danger.

Zhuangzi
The sage is still not because he takes stillness to be good and therefore is still. The ten thousand things are insufficient to distract his mind - that is the reason he is still.

The sage is still not because he takes stillness to be good and therefore is still. The ten thousand things are insufficient to distract his mind - that is the reason he is still.

Zhuangzi
A good completion takes a long time; a bad completion cannot be changed later.

A good completion takes a long time; a bad completion cannot be changed later.

Zhuangzi
All men know the use of the useful, but nobody knows the use of the useless!

All men know the use of the useful, but nobody knows the use of the useless!

Zhuangzi
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.

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
Flow
with whatever may happen + let your mind be free.
.. stay centered, by accepting whatever you're doing.
.. this is the ultimate.

Flow with whatever may happen + let your mind be free. .. stay centered, by accepting whatever you're doing. .. this is the ultimate.

Zhuangzi
Let your mind wander in simplicity, blend your spirit with the vastness, follow along with things the way they are, and make no room for personal views - then the world will be governed.

Let your mind wander in simplicity, blend your spirit with the vastness, follow along with things the way they are, and make no room for personal views - then the world will be governed.

Zhuangzi
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.

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

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

Zhuangzi
Things joined by profit, when pressed by misfortune and danger, will cast each other aside.

Things joined by profit, when pressed by misfortune and danger, will cast each other aside.

Zhuangzi
Don't go in and hide; don't come out and shine; stand stock-still in the middle.

Don't go in and hide; don't come out and shine; stand stock-still in the middle.

Zhuangzi
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.

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
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...

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...

Zhuangzi
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.

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.

Zhuangzi
If you were to hide the world in the world, so that nothing could get away, this would be the final reality of the constancy of things.

If you were to hide the world in the world, so that nothing could get away, this would be the final reality of the constancy of things.

Zhuangzi
Do not use life to give life to death. Do not use death to bring death to life.

Do not use life to give life to death. Do not use death to bring death to life.

Zhuangzi
Moreover, I have heard that those who are fond of praising men to their faces are also fond of damning them behind their backs.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

Zhuangzi
In the midst of darkness, he alone sees the dawn; in the midst of the soundless, he alone hears harmony.

In the midst of darkness, he alone sees the dawn; in the midst of the soundless, he alone hears harmony.

Zhuangzi
Understanding that rests in what it does not understand is the finest.

Understanding that rests in what it does not understand is the finest.

Zhuangzi
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.

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.

Zhuangzi
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.

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
When men do not forget what can be forgotten but forget what cannot be forgotten - that may be called true forgetting.

When men do not forget what can be forgotten but forget what cannot be forgotten - that may be called true forgetting.

Zhuangzi
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.

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
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.

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