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Inspirational Zhuangzi Quotes

Zhuangzi Quotes
Zhuangzi

Zhuangzi ( also known as Zhuang Zhou or Chuang Tzu) was an influential Chinese philosopher. This post features some inspirational Zhuangzi Quotes. He lived around the 4th century BC during the Warring States period. He is credited with writing—in part or in whole—a work known by his name, the Zhuangzi, which expresses a philosophy of skepticism, arguing that time in life is limited and knowledge to be gained is unlimited. His name is also transliterated as Zhuang Zi, Zhuang Zhou, Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse.

Zhuangzi quotes
Zhuangzi quotes

Zhuangzi Quotes

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

“The sound of water says what I think.”
― Zhuangzi

“The baby looks at things all day without winking; that is because his eyes are not focused on any particular object. He goes without knowing where he is going, and stops without knowing what he is doing. He merges himself within the surroundings and moves along with it. These are the principles of mental hygiene.”
― Zhuangzi

“A frog in a well cannot discuss the ocean, because he is limited by the size of his well. A summer insect cannot discuss ice, because it knows only its own season. A narrow-minded scholar cannot discuss the Tao, because he is constrained by his teachings. Now you have come out of your banks and seen the Great Ocean. You now know your own inferiority, so it is now possible to discuss great principles with you.”
Zhuangzi quotes

“Once upon a time, I dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was myself. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now 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.”
― Zhuangzi

Zhuangzi quotes
Zhuangzi quotes

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

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

“When the heart is right, “for” and “against” are forgotten.”
― Zhuangzi

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

“The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you’ve gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you’ve gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you’ve gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?”
― Zhuangzi

“Yet the stupid believe they are awake, busily and brightly assuming they understand things, calling this man ruler, that one herdsman – how dense! Confucius and you are both dreaming! And when I say you are dreaming, I am dreaming, too. Words like these will be labeled the Supreme Swindle.”
― 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.”
Zhuangzi quotes

“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

“Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.”
― Zhuangzi

“A path is made by walking on it.”
― Zhuangzi

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

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

“If a man crosses a river
and an empty boat collides with his own skiff,
Even though he be bad tempered man
He will not become very angry.
But if he sees a man in the boat,
He will shout at him to steer clear.
If the shout is not heard, he will shout again, and yet again, and begin cursing.
And all because someone is in the boat.
Yet if the boat were empty,
He would not be shouting, and not angry.
If you can empty your own boat
Crossing the river of the world,
No one will oppose you,
No one will seek to harm you.”
― Zhuangzi

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

“Rewards and punishment is the lowest form of education.”
― Zhuangzi

“During our dreams we do not know we are dreaming. We may even dream of interpreting a dream. Only on waking do we know it was a dream. Only after the great awakening will we realize that this is the great dream.”
― Zhuangzi

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

“After ten thousand generations there may be a great sage who will be able to explain it, a trivial interval equivalent to the passage from morning to night.”
― Zhuangzi

“Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings
but contemplate their return.

If you don’t realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
disinterested, amused,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
And when death comes, you are ready.”
― Zhuangzi

“The little child learns to speak, though it has no learned teachers – because it lives with those who know how to speak.”
― Zhuangzi

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

“I cannot tell if what the world considers ‘happiness’ is happiness or not. All I know is that when I consider the way they go about attaining it, I see them carried away headlong, grim and obsessed, in the general onrush of the human herd, unable to stop themselves or to change their direction. All the while they claim to be just on the point of attaining happiness.”
Zhuangzi quotes

“Rest in inaction, and the world will be reformed of itself; Forget your body and spit forth intelligence. Ignore all differences and become one with the Infinite. Release your mind, and free your spirit. Be vacuous, be devoid of soul. Thus will things grow and prosper and return to their Rust and Rest. Returning to their Root. Returning to their Root without their knowing it, the result will be a formless whole which will never be cut up, to know it is to cut it up.”
― Zhuangzi

“Men of the world who value the Way all turn to books. But books are nothing more than words. 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. The world values words and hands down books but, though the world values them, I do not think them worth valuing. What the world takes to be values is not real value.”
― Zhuangzi

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