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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A little while ago, when I went in to mourn, I found old men weeping for him as though they were weeping for a son, and young men weeping for him as though they fhe weeping for a mother. If I had been of some use, would I ever have grown this large? He sees clearly into what has no falsehood and does not shift with things. You see an egg and demand a crowing cock, see a crossbow pellet and demand a roast dove.

Listening stops with the ears, the mind stops with recognition, but spirit is empty- and waits on all things. I haven’t drunk wine or eaten any strong foods for several months. Be careful, be on your guard! If you insert what has no thickness into such spaces, then there’s cuang of room – more than enough for the blade to play about it.

Or perhaps in time he’ll transform my buttocks into cartwheels. Or was it man? Therefore, the sage wanders in the realm where things cannot get away from him, and all are preserved.


Now how is anyone going to go ninety thousand li to the south! When Tzu-kung arrived, he found one of the dead man’s friends weaving frames for silkworms, while the other strummed a lute.

Chao playing the lute is an example. All were masters, and therefore their names have been handed down to later ages. But because of [the recognition of a] “this,” there came to be boundaries.

The True Man of ancient times slept without dreaming and woke without care; compete ate without savoring and his breath came from deep inside. Everything has its “that,” everything has its “this. Great words are clear and limpid;3 little words are shrill and quarrelsome. He delights in early death; he delights in old age; he delights in the beginning; he delights in the end. Master Yu and Master Sang were friends.

Chu Ch’ueh-tzu said to Chang Wu-tzu, “I have heard Confucius say that the sage does not work at anything, does not pursue profit, does not dodge harm, does not enjoy being sought after, does not follow the Way, says nothing yet says something, says something yet says nothing, and wanders beyond the dust and grime.

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The Complete Works. Translated by Burton Watson

Better not to move, but to let things be! I have no way to physiognomize him! There are some things which man can do nothing about – all are a matter of the nature of creatures. Why must you comprehend the process of change and form your mind on that basis before you can have a teacher?


On top of that, he was ugly enough to astound the whole world, chimed in but never led, and waatson no more than what went on right around him.

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

I can think of no name for them! It must certainly have some extraordinary usefulness!

You have heard of the knowledge that knows, but you have never heard of the knowledge that does not know. It must be fate.

If he will try to steady himself, then I will come and examine him again. He doesn’t let likes or dislikes get in and do him harm. Virtue is the establishment of perfect harmony.

When Kung-wen Hsuan saw the Commander of the Right,5 he was startled and said, “What kind of man is this? I thought I would try to teach him and see if I could really get anywhere near to making him a sage.

Tzu-yu said, ” May I venture to ask what this means? It must be that his powers are whole, though his virtue takes no form.