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The men who get killed are the ones who go against them. The field mouse burrows deep down under the sacred hill where it won’t have to worry about men digging and smoking it out. When the tailorbird builds her zyuangzi in the deep wood, she uses no more than one branch.

But whether it fits into their category or whether it doesn’t, it obviously fits into some category.

I saw something very strange-something like wet ashes! Gasping and wheezing, he lay at the point of death. His being one was one and his not being one was one. Even a commoner cannot be forced to act, much less one of the feudal lords.

Buy the selected items together This item: And if I do not succeed, I am bound to suffer from the judgment of men. So I never touch the smallest ligament or tendon, much less a main joint. I go along with the natural makeup, strike in the big hollows, guide the knife through the big openings, and follow things as they are.

Day and night they change place before us and wisdom cannot spy out their source.

Chuang Tzu

But set the cup there and it will stick fast, for the water is too shallow and the boat too large. Learn more about Amazon Prime. My back sticks up like a hunchback and my vital organs are on top of zhuajgzi. They cling to watspn position as though they had sworn before the gods, sure that they are holding on to victory.


He takes part in ten thousand ages and achieves simplicity in oneness. You will probably get off without incurring any blame, yes. His understanding was truly trustworthy; his virtue was perfectly true.

Burton Watson, Zhuangzi: Basic Writings – PhilPapers

If I do what other people do, they can hardly criticize me. But I’ve come now because I still have something that is worth more than a foot and I want to try to hold on to it.

I try to discover who is burto it, but I can’t get the answer.

If you understand this and still strive for knowledge, you will be in danger for certain! Why didn’t you think of making it into a great tub so you could go floating around the rivers and lakes, instead of worrying because it was too big and unwieldy to dip into things!

Who can climb up to heaven and wander in the mists, roam the infinite, and forget life forever and forever? There is nothing that heaven doesn’t cover, nothing that earth doesn’t bear up. He just lets things be the way they are and doesn’t try to help life along.

A man like this doesn’t know what his ears or eyes should approve – he lets his mind play in the harmony of virtue. Now that they have brought me to the verge zhuangzj death, if I bruton refuse to obey them, how perverse I would be! And yet men and women flocked to him. His apprentice said, “If it’s so intent on being of no use, what’s it doing there at the village shrine? He was advanced beyond ordinary understanding and he would have simplified things even more, but that wasn’t practical.


Therefore the sage does not proceed in such a way, but illuminates all in the light of Heaven. Now you have this big tree and you’re distressed because it’s useless. Hence anger arises from no other cause than clever words and one-sided speeches. The Secret of Caring for Life 4: As for things, he sees them as one and does not see their loss.

If you are going a hundred li, you must grind your grain the night before; and if you are going a thousand li, you must start getting the provisions together three months in advance.

Burton Watson (ed.), Chuang Tzu – PhilPapers

He will soon choose the day and ascend far off. If in your mind you harmonize to the extent of being drawn out, then you will be talked about, named, blamed, and condemned. I felt completely crushed, as though I’d suffered a loss and didn’t have anyone left to enjoy my state with.

But when men do not forget what can be forgotten, but forget what cannot be forgotten – that may be called true forgetting. Get to Know Us. So the Creator is making me all crookedy like this! Kings and dukes always lord it over others and fight to win the argument.

Now I will go out.

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