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Zhuangzi Quotes

I hope you find these Zhuangzi Quotes inspiring and motivational.

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
- Zhuangzi

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Happiness

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.
- Zhuangzi

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

Those who realize their folly are not true fools.
- Zhuangzi


 

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

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

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.
- Zhuangzi


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

Cherish that which is within you, and shut off that which is without;
for much knowledge is a curse.
- Zhuangzi

I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky;
then I awoke.
Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly,
or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?
- Zhuangzi

Rewards and punishment is the lowest form of education.
- Zhuangzi

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

Those who seek to satisfy the mind of man by hampering
it with ceremonies and music and affecting charity
and devotion have lost their original nature.
- Zhuangzi

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.
- Zhuangzi

When one has nothing to lose, one becomes courageous.
We are timid only when
there is something we can still cling to.
- Carlos Castaneda

Stand by your man.
Give him two arms to cling to and something warm to come to.
- Tammy Wynette

We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence,
but we cling desperately to our chains.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

After so many changes, I realized I'd better cling
to my own family and to what I've got right here.
- Suzy Bogguss

We are doomed to cling to a life even while we find it unendurable.
- William James

The fact to which we have got to cling,
as to a lifebelt, is that it is possible to be a normal
decent person and yet be fully alive.
- Allen Ginsberg

Adolescence represents an inner emotional upheaval,
a struggle between the eternal human wish to cling
to the past and the equally powerful wish to get on with the future.
- Louise J. Kaplan

Even as fog continues to lie in the valleys,
so does ancient sin cling to the low places,
the depressions in the world consciousness.
- Dewitt Bodeen

Children who cling to parents or who don't want to
leave home are stunted in their emotional,
psychological growth.
- Dirk Benedict

I cling to the fantasy that I could have done something more creative.
Like actually writing a script, or writing a book.
But the awful truth is that I...
probably can't!
- Hugh Grant

It is women who love horror.
Gloat over it.
Feed on it.
Are nourished by it.
Shudder and cling and cry out-and come back for more.
- Bela Lugosi

We cling nervously to the melody, but we don't handle it freely,
we don't really make anything new out of it,
we merely overload it.
- Johannes Brahms

But the nuclear powers still cling tenaciously to their weapons.
- Joseph Rotblat

Why does everyone cling to the masculine imagery and
pronouns even though they are a mere linguistic device
that has never meant that God is male?
- Carol P. Christ

One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make
is to look at the real world and cling to the vain
hope that next time his film will somehow bear a closer resemblance to it.
- Galen Rowell

Don't cling to fame.
You're just borrowing it.
It's like money.
You're going to die, and somebody else is going to get it.
- Sonny Bono

Men never cling to their dreams with such tenacity
as at the moment when they are losing faith in them,
and know it, but do not dare yet to confess it to themselves.
- William Graham Sumner

Some men tend to cling to old intellectual excitements,
just as some belles, when they are old ladies,
still cling to the fashions and coiffures of their exciting youth.
- Jane Jacobs

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their
hates so stubbornly is because they sense,
once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
- James A. Baldwin

It's not surprising, then, they get bitter,
they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people
who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or
anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
- Barack Obama

The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching
for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life.
For this task, it has a rudimentary nervous system.
When it finds its spot and takes root,
it doesn't need its brain anymore so it eats it!
- Daniel Dennett

Welcome, wild harbinger of spring!
To this small nook of earth; Feeling and fancy fondly cling,
Round thoughts which owe their birth,
To thee, and to the humble spot, Where chance has fixed thy lowly lot.
- Bernard Barton

If we cling to the institution of Islam,
then we tend to defend it against whatever we see as a danger to it,
so because of this we see now that many people are defending states,
defending territories, defending everything institutional
in the belief that they defend Islam.
- Abdurrahman Wahid

It was either Voltaire or Charlie Sheen who said,
'We are born alone.
We live alone.
We die alone.
And anything in between that can give us the illusion that we're not,
we cling to.'
- Gabriel Byrne

Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm:
it is a condition of intellectual magnificence to which
we must cling as to a treasure,
and not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words,
or in exact and priggish argument.
- George Sand

This means that the mind or spirit is present anywhere,
because it is nowhere attached to any particular place.
And it can remain present because, even when related to this or that object,
it does not cling to it by reflection and thus lose its original mobility.
- Eugen Herrigel

In this kind of situation, we tend to cling to his convictions,
we believe that, by magic, we are going to recover.
Then we agree to drive less good cars and we are fatally more exposed.
It is what finally happened to me with Ensign.
- Jacky Ickx

Well, what I try to do is throw as much mud on the
wall as I possibly can and just see what sticks,
what shines as quirky or more interesting that the others,
and I try to cling onto that one, somehow join a link from there to there.
- Guy Ritchie

Not wishing to be disturbed over moral issues of the political economy,
Americans cling to the notion that the government is
a sort of automatic machine,
regulated by the balancing of competing interests.
- C. Wright Mills

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is one thing to say that something should be done,
but quite a different matter to do it.
- Aesop

Drop the sword - for there is but one flesh to wound,
and it is the one flesh of all humankind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I love being married.
It's so great to find that one special person
you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
- Rita Rudner

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

Genius is one percent inspiration
and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
- Thomas Edison

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

After climbing a great hill,
one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
- Nelson Mandela

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take.
- Wayne Gretzky

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
- The Buddha

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles;
but today it means getting along with people.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There is only one way... to get anybody to do anything.
And that is by making the other person want to do it.
- Dale Carnegie

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela


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