Cherish that which is within you, and shut off that which is without; for much knowledge is a curse.
— Chuang Tzu
The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grapsed, the words are forgotten. Where can I find a man who has forgotten the words? He is the one I would like to talk to.
— Chuang Tzu
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.
— Chuang Tzu
Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
— Chuang Tzu
I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?
— Chuang Tzu
The small man
Builds cages for everyone
He
Knows.
While the sage,
Who has to duck his head
When the moon is low,
Keeps dropping keys all night long
For the
Beautiful
Rowdy
Prisoners

Hafiz

(via sacredgraffiti) (via crashinglybeautiful) (via wu-wei)

(via laplumeabelle)
Reblogged from qi

Do you want to improve the world?
I don’t think it can be done.

The world is sacred.
It can’t be improved.
If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.

There is a time for being ahead,
a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
a time for being in danger.

The Master sees things as they are,
without trying to control them.
She lets them go their own way,
and resides at the center of the circle.

- Tao Te Ching

The Master observes the world
but trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
He prefers what is within to what is without.
— Tao Te Ching
When our eyes see only the colors before them, they’re destined to become blind to what lies beyond the world of appearances. We cannot know the creator if we’re focused exlusively on what’s been created. In the same way, we lose our own creativity when we’re unaware of what’s behind all acts of creation.

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strenght; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.