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An influential Chinese philosopher who lived around the 4th century BCE during the Warring States Period, corresponding to the Hundred Schools of Thought philosophical summit of Chinese thought. His name is sometimes spelled Chuang Tsu, Chuang Tzu, Zhuang Tze, Chouang-Dsi, Chuang Tse, Chuangtze or - in English - Master Chuang.
(4th century BCE)

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A frog in a well cannot conceive of the ocean.
 

A man who knows he is a fool is not a great fool.
[Self Knowledge]
 

A trap is for fish: when you've got the fish, you can forget the trap. A snare is for rabbits: when you've got the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words are for meaning: when you've got the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find someone who's forgotten words so I can have a word with him?
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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.
 

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

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

Forget the years, forget distinctions. Leap into the boundless and make it your home!
 

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

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
 

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.
 

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?
 

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

If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation.
 

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

Luck implies an absolute absence of any principle.
[Luck]
 

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

Perfect happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.
[Happiness]
 

Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education.
 

Right is not right; so is not so. If right were really right it would differ so clearly from not right that there would be no need for argument. If so were really so, it would differ so clearly from not so that there would be no need for argument.
 

The wise man looks into space and does not regard the small as too little, nor the great as too big, for he knows that, there is no limit to dimensions.
 


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