Chuang Tzu

c.360 BC - c. 275 BC

A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on fame, life, purpose, awareness, and awakening

Do not seek fame. Do not make plans. Do not be absorbed by activities. Do not think that you know. Be aware of all that is and dwell in the infinite. Wander where there is no path. Be all that heaven gave you, but act as though you have received nothing. Be empty, that is all.

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on breath, breathing, walking, body, life, and living

The true man breathes with his heels. 

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on life, knowledge, simplicity, middle way, and middle course

Our life has a boundary but there is no boundary to knowledge.
To use what has a boundary to pursue what is limitless is dangerous;
with this knowledge, if we still go after knowledge, we will run into trouble.
Do not do what is good in order to gain praise.
If you do what is bad be sure to avoid the punishment.
Follow the Middle Course, for this is the way to keep yourself together,
to sustain your life, to care for your parents and to live for many years.

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: The Book of Chuang Tzu - translated by Martin Palmer and Elizabeth Breuilly

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang

Are you and I perchance caught up in a dream from which we have not yet awakened?

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on ignorance and knowledge

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

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on useful, useless, forgotten, and words

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

Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so that I can have a word with him?

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: Tao of Symbols: How to Transcend the Limits of Our Symbolism by James N. Powell

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on silence, nature, water, and thought

The sound of water says what I think.

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on dreams, transformation, self-awareness, change, and awakening

Once upon a time, I dreamt I was a butterfly...
Suddenly I awoke...
Now, I do not know whether I was then
a man dreaming I was a butterfly,
or whether I am now a butterfly
dreaming that I am a man.

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on tao, body, and material world

If you wish to care for your body, first of all take care of material things, though even when you have all the things you want, the body can still be uncared for.

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: The Book of Chuang Tzu (Arkana S.), Pages: 156

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on tao, studying, philosophy, and knowledge

Study is to study what cannot be studied. Undertaking means undertaking what cannot be undertaken. Philosophizing is to philosophize about what cannot be philosophized about. Knowing that knowing is unknowable is true perfection.

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: The Book of Chuang Tzu (Arkana S.), Pages: 203..204

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