Quotes of Wisdom: Chuang Tzu on the Wisdom of Tao

Who can free himself from achievement, and from fame, descend and be lost, amid the masses of men? He will flow like Tao, unseen, he will go about like Life itself with no name and no home. Simple he is, without distinction. To all appearances he is a fool. His steps leave no trace. He has no power. He achieves nothing, has no reputation. Since he judges no one no one judges him. Such is the perfect man. His boat is empty.

~ Chuang Tzu

The man of Tao remains unknown. Perfect virtue produces nothing. “No-Self” is “True-Self.” And the greatest man is Nobody.

~ Chuang Tzu

The Pure Men of old acted without calculation, not seeking to secure results. They laid no plans. Therefore, failing, they had no cause for regret; succeeding, no cause for congratulations. And thus they could scale great heights without fear…They did not know what it was to love life and hate death. They did not rejoice in birth, nor strive to put off dissolution. Quickly come, and quickly go.

~ Chuang Tzu

He who rules men lives in confusion: He who is ruled by men lives in sorrow. Tao therefore desired neither to influence others nor to be influenced by them. The way to get clear of confusion and free of sorrow is to live with Tao in the land of the great Void.

~ Chuang Tzu

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.

~ Chuang Tzu

One Comment

  1. Fabulous. Expresses perfectly my own outlook on life.