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56 Mind-Blowing Quotes By Zhuangzi

Quick Facts

Famous As: Philosopher,Writer

Born On: 369 BC

Died On: 286 BC

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.

Zhuangzi

A path is made by walking on it.

Zhuangzi

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.

Zhuangzi

Happiness is the abscence of the striving for happiness.

Zhuangzi

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

Zhuangzi

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

Zhuangzi

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

Zhuangzi

The sound of water says what I think.

Zhuangzi

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

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

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?

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Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.

Zhuangzi

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

Zhuangzi

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.

Zhuangzi

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

Zhuangzi

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

Zhuangzi

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.

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Cease striving. Then there will be transformation.

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.

Zhuangzi

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

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.

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.

Zhuangzi

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

Zhuangzi

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

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

Zhuangzi

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

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.

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

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

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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