Zhuang Zhou Quotes


Zhuang Zhou, or Zhuangzi, was a great Chinese philosopher from the fourth century BC. He is credited with writing a work known by his name, the Zhuangzi. This writing expresses a philosophy that argues that life is limited and knowledge to be gained is unlimited.

Zhuang Zhou Quotes:

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.

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.

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.

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

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.

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

Those who realize their folly are not true fools.

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

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

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.

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