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SELECTIONS FROM ZHUANGZI
by Zhuangzi (369 BCE - 286 BCE, Warring States Period)
English translation: James Legge

INGRAINED IDEAS (EXCERPT)

The multitude of men consider gain to be the most important thing; pure scholars, fame; those who are wise and able to value their ambition; the sage prizes essential purity.


MAN IN THE WORLD, ASSOCIATE WITH OTHER MEN (EXCERPT)

The mountain by its trees weakens itself.
The grease which ministers to the fire fries itself. The cinnamon tree can be eaten, and therefore it is cut down. The varnish tree is useful, and therefore incisions are made in it. All men know the advantage of being useful, but no one knows the advantage of being useless.

── from Zhuangzi