The wise man knows that it is better to sit on the banks of a remote mountain stream than to be emperor of the whole world.
I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same river.
All that is limited by form, semblance, sound, color is called object. Among them all, man alone is more than an object. Though, like objects, he has form and semblance, He is not limited to form. He is more. He can attain to formlessness. When he is beyond form and semblance, beyond this and that, where is the comparison with another object? Where is the conflict? What can stand in his way? He will rest in his eternal place which is no-place. He will be hidden in his own unfathomable secret. His nature sinks to its root in the One. His vitality, his power hide in secret Tao.
The perfect man uses his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing, it rejects nothing. It receives but does not keep.
When there is no more separation between ‘this’ and ‘that,’ it is called the still-point of the Tao. At the still point in the center of the circle one can see the infinite in all things.
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 The Universe speculum of all creation.
We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.
Horses have hoofs to carry them over frost and snow; hair, to protect them from wind and cold. They eat grass and drink water, and fling up their heels…. Such is the real nature of horses.
My opinion is that you never find happiness until you stop looking for it.
- Laozi Chinese Philosopher
- Confucius Chinese Philosopher
- Sun Tzu Chinese Military Leader
- Lin Yutang Chinese Writer
- Jianzhi Sengcan Chinese Buddhist Poet
- Aristotle Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Xenocrates Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Plato Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Charles Sanders Peirce American Philosopher
- Friedrich Nietzsche German Philosopher