Translated by Burton Watson. The basic writings of Chuang Tzu have been savored by Chinese readers for over two thousand years. And Burton Watson’s lucid. Translated by Burton Watson. Foreword by Wm. Theodore de Bary. This is one of the most justly celebrated texts of the Chinese tradition – impressive for both its. Burton Watson, Associate Professor of Chinese at Columbia Uni- versity, is the author of look at the “imitations” of passages in the Chuang Tzu pre- pared by.

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But where there is birth there must be death; where there is death there must be birth. All men know the use of the useful, but nobody knows the use of the useless! They are the long-lived.

Where is he going to send you? I split it in half to make dippers, but they were so large and unwieldy that I couldn’t dip them into any thing. He acts in an independent manner, thinks little of how he rules his state, and fails to see his faults.

The Complete Works. Translated by Burton Watson

It’s just that I’ve been tardy and haven’t gone to see him yet. Want to Read saving…. What one calls right the other calls wrong; what one calls wrong the other calls right. But the human form has ten thousand changes that never come to chhang end.


If so, then so have all the rest of us.

How can the Way go away and not vhuang Obviously, then, neither you nor I nor anyone else can decide for each other. Discoursing on Swords They are the short-lived. What do I mean by a True Man? When the bird looks down, all he sees is blue too.

There is nothing that can harm this man. It must be some dislocation of the yin and yang!

Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings

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You could stand it by the road and no carpenter would look chhang it twice. Nieh Ch’ueh proceeded to hop around in great glee and went and told Master P’u-i.

The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu translated by Burton Watson, Terebess Asia Online (TAO)

Hsu Yu said, “You govern the world and the world chusng already well governed. If I let him go on with his unruliness I will endanger the state. Apr 07, Max rated it it was amazing Shelves: What do you think of them? You can hand it down but you cannot receive it; you can get it but you cannot see it.


Men’s looks are given to them. This comes close to the matter.

Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings by Zhuangzi

His burtn enriches ten thousand ages but he has no love for men. Heaven and Earth What do I mean by harmonizing them with the Heavenly Equality?

Ordinary men strain and struggle; the sage is stupid and blockish. When men meet at some ceremony to drink, they start off in an orderly manner, but usually end up in disorder, and if they go on too long they start indulging in various irregular amusements.

In my opinion Zhuang is trying to emphasis that figuring out who you are is more important than anything and also having the right ethics as well to back it up. I tried using it for a water container, but it was so heavy I couldn’t lift it.

What are provided here are fragments.