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Zhuangzi Quotes

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369 BC - 286 BC
Nationality: Chinese
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: Chinese Philosopher

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


We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.


Rewards and punishment is the lowest form of education.


Those 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.


All existing things are really one. We regard those that are beautiful and rare as valuable, and those that are ugly as foul and rotten The foul and rotten may come to be transformed into what is rare and valuable, and the rare and valuable into what is foul and rotten.


I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?


Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.


Life comes from the earth and life returns to the earth.


Cherish that which is within you, and shut off that which is without; for much knowledge is a curse.


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.


Those who realize their folly are not true fools.


I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same river.


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


Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.


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