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If I had been of some use, would I ever have grown this large? When the world has the Way, the sage succeeds; when the world is without the Way, the sage survives. I’ve had this knife of mine for nineteen years and I’ve cut up thousands of oxen with it, and yet the blade is as good as thought it had just come from the grindstone.

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Then again there’s the yak, big as a cloud covering the sky. Right is not zhuangzii so is not so. Those at the next stage thought there were boundaries but recognized no right and wrong. In all human relations, if the two parties are living close to each other, they may form a bond through personal trust. Zhuangzi’s Notion of Transcendental Life. Yet P’eng-tsu4 alone is famous today for having lived a long time, and everybody tries to ape him.

He makes absolutely certain that things can do what they are supposed to do, that is all. Alan Fox – unknown. The Nameless Man said, “Get away from me, you peasant! Hu Tzu said, “Just now I appeared to him as Heaven and Earth – no name or substance to it, but still the workings, coming up from the heels.


They look upon life as a swelling tumor, a protruding wen, and upon zhuanggzi as the draining of a sore or the bursting of a boil. When the bird looks down, all he sees is blue too.

Chuang Tzu

To know what you can’t do anything about, and to be content with it as you would with fate – only a man of virtue can do that. When the tailorbird builds her nest in the deep wood, she uses no more than one branch. Then he leaned against the doorway and talked to Master Lai. The lowest branches were eighty feet from the ground, and a dozen or so of them could have been made into boats.

Knowing what it is that Heaven does, he lives with Heaven. Allinson, Chuang-Tzu for Spiritual Transformation: One should advert to the entire work of Chuang-tzu repeatedly and often to clarify one’s own reasoning process. Let’s let him have it! Go home and forget the matter, my lord. A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 3 2: When he reached the banks of the Liao River, he happened to meet zhuxngzi Nameless Man. There were so many sightseers that the place looked like a fair, but the carpenter didn’t even glance around and went on his way without stopping.

Cook Ting was cutting up an ox for Lord Wen-hui.

Therefore a man who has wisdom enough to fill one office effectively, good conduct enough to impress one community, virtue enough to please one ruler, or talent enough to be called into service in one state, has the same kind of self-pride as these little creatures. No-Toes zzhuangzi the story to Lao Tan. His knowledge was able to climb all the way up to the Way like this.

Leave off, leave off – this teaching men virtue! Your words, too, are big and useless, and so everyone alike spurns them! Of Fish, Butterflies and Birds: Chuang-tzu is an inexhaustable resource. Pitcher-Sized-Wen talked to Duke Huan of Ch’i, and Duke Huan was so pleased with him that when he looked at normal men he thought their necks looked too lean and skinny.


Tzu-ch’i of Nan-po was wandering around the Hill of Shang when he saw a huge tree there, different from all the rest. Therefore, the sage wanders in the realm where things cannot get away from him, and all are preserved.

Therefore their rulers, Chieh and Chou, utilized their scrupulous conduct as a means to trap them, for they burto too fond of good fame. Chien Wu went to see the madman Chieh Yu. I’m not dead yet!

Nan-po Tzu-k’uei asked, “Where did you happen to hear this? No keywords specified fix it. Setup zhhangzi account with your zhuxngzi in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

How did I know you would act like this? Hsu Yu said, “You govern the world and the world is already well governed. Along with the Baghavad-Gita as well as the Brihadaranyaka and Chandogya Upanishads Paul Deussen’s wwatson German translationsand together with Dostoevsky’s entire work, the Chuang-tzu corpus forms the very philosophic framework for a spiritual, intellectual Way.

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