365 Days for Travelers: Mar 14


Wisdom from Chinese Literary and Buddhist Classics

SELECTIONS FROM ZHUANGZI

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.