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No-Toes said, “I just didn’t understand my duty and was too careless of my body, and so I lost a burtpn. It must be some dislocation of the yin and yang! Obviously you still have a lot of underbrush in your head!

I go on occupying it, but all I can see are my failings. Nevertheless, I will share with you what I have. Share your thoughts with other customers.

But to fail to abide by this mind and still insist upon your rights and wrongs – this is like saying that you set off for Yueh today and got there yesterday. If you like brton, then you should read this book as a capstone after reading a bunch of other philosophers. He came briskly, he went briskly, and that was all. When a man has just taken a wife, he is kept in posts outside [the palace] and is no longer sent on [dangerous] missions.

If daring attacks, it cannot be complete. As far as the search for good fortune went, he didn’t fret and worry. If wind is not piled up deep enough, it won’t have the strength to bear up great wings. Therefore, when the sage calls out the troops, he may overthrow nations but he will not lose the hearts of the people.


Suddenly Master Lai grew ill. You hear the piping of men, but you haven’t heard the piping of earth.

How much more, then, is possible for a man who governs Heaven and earth, stores up the ten thousand things, lets the six parts of his body2 be only a dwelling, makes ornaments of his ears and eyes, unifies the knowledge of what he knows, and in his mind never tastes death.

Confucius and you are both dreaming! If he can serve as a model for men, how much more so that which the ten thousand things are tied to and all changes alike wait upon! But I do not know what makes them the way they are.

You may go and wstson in his bird cage, but never be moved by fame. One should advert to the entire work of Chuang-tzu repeatedly and often to clarify one’s own reasoning process.

The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu translated by Burton Watson, Terebess Asia Online (TAO)

How can words exist and not be acceptable? The sage leans on the sun and moon, tucks the universe under his arm, merges himself with things, leaves the confusion and muddle as burotn is, and looks on slaves as exalted. While he is dreaming he does not know it is a dream, and in his dream he may even try to interpret a buryon.

Resign yourself to what cannot be avoided and nourish what is within you – this is best.

He regarded penalties as the body, rites as the wings, wisdom as what is timely, virtue as what is reasonable. Dragging himself haltingly to the well, he looked at his reflection and said, “My, my! He tells confusing, entertaining nonsense stories and leaves it to the reader to figure out what the zhuanfzi he’s talking about.


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All were seekers of fame or gain – have you alone not heard of them? Obviously, then, neither you nor I nor anyone else can decide for each other. Day and night they change place before us and wisdom cannot spy out their source. There is nothing that can harm this man.

Making them so makes them so. Robert Elliott Allinson – – Asian Philosophy 25 3: Words like these will be labeled the Supreme Swindle. If you play around in front of Archer Yi’s target, you’re right in the way of the arrows, and if you don’t get hit, it’s a matter of fate. He who plagues others will be plagued in turn.

The sum of it is that Chuang-tzu is truly in the world’s classical, philosophical canon, and the reader is very well served by Watson and Mair.

Add both to Cart Add both to List. What fault is it of theirs? This is what I mean by being a companion of antiquity. Knowing what it is that Heaven does, he lives with Heaven.

Now how is anyone going to go ninety thousand li to the south! If in your actions you follow along to the extent of being pulled in with him, then you will be overthrown, destroyed, wiped out, zhuamgzi brought to your knees. But if he already agrees with you, how can he decide fairly?