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Translated by Burton Watson. Only by inhabiting Dao (the Way of Nature) and dwelling in its unity can humankind achieve true happiness and freedom, in both . The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu. Translated by Burton Watson. Foreword by Wm. Theodore de Bary. Columbia University Press. The Complete Works of. Accepting the challenge of translating this captivating classic in its entirety, Burton Watson has expertly rendered into English both the profound thought and the.

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If I try to impose some rule on him, I will endanger myself.

The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

Before Heaven and earth existed it was there, firm from ancient times. But I’ve come now because I still have something that is worth more than a wwtson and I want to try to hold on to it.

Heaven and Earth And it’s the same way with all other things. Leap into the boundless and make it your home!

Burton Chuang-tzu & Watson, The Complete Works. Translated by Burton Watson – PhilPapers

Even as I sit on my throne, this thought nags at me. It leaps and races east and west, not hesitating to go high or low-until it falls into the trap and dies in the net. Where could he send me that would not be all right?

There was no disagreement in their hearts and so they became friends. To transmit words that are either pleasing to both parties or infuriating to both parties is one of the complere difficult things in the world.


But now that I’ve heard the words of a Perfect Man, I’m afraid there was nothing to my understanding – I was thinking too little of my own welfare and ruining the state. So, I say, the best thing to use is clarity.

The complete works of Chuang Tzu

Yao brought order to the people of the world and directed the government of all within the seas. The little quail laughs at him, saying, “Where does he think he’s going? When the monkey trainer was handing out acorns, he said, “You get three in the morning and four at night. A man of Sung who sold ceremonial hats made a trip to Yueh, but the Yueh people cut their hair short and tattoo their bodies and had no use for such things.

Burton Watson (ed.), The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu – PhilPapers

It was stupid of me to send you to offer condolences. But may I ask about the piping of Heaven?

What more do you have to do to fulfill your mission? Good fortune is light as a feather, but nobody knows how to hold it up. Resign yourself to what cannot be avoided and nourish what is within you – this is best.

Pitcher-Sized-Wen talked to Duke Huan of Ch’i, and Duke Huan was so pleased with him that when he looked at normal men he thought their necks looked too lean and skinny. Yu-ch’iang got it and stood at the limit of the north. A state in which “this” and “that” no longer find their opposites is called the hinge of the Way. Or do they say nothing?


I was completely dumfounded at his words – no more end than the Milky Way, wild and wide of the mark, never coming near human affairs! Tzu-ch’i said, “Blowing on the ten thousand things in a different way, so that each can be itself – all take what they want for themselves, but who does the sounding?

How much more, then, should men whose virtue is still unimpaired! Though you treat it like a king, its spirit won’t be content.

Now if I take your place, will I be doing it for a name? When the mole drinks at the river, he takes no more than a bellyful. This is what I mean by being a companion of men.

If he will try to steady himself, then I will come and examine him again. If you go off to the green woods nearby, you can take along food for three meals and come back with your stomach as full as ever.

Though my words may in fact be lessons and reproaches, they belong to ancient times and not to me.