Ancient Wisdom of the Day – 7/1/10

“Speech is not mere breath. It is differentiated by meaning. Take away that, and you cannot say whether it is speech. Could you even distinguish it from the chirping of young birds?

But how can the unvarying way be so obscure that we speak of it as both true and false? And how can speech be so obscure that it admits the idea of contraries? How can the unvarying way be gone and yet remain unvarying? How can speech exist and yet be impossible?”
— Chuang-Tzu

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Alex Knapp
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  1. G.A.Phillips says:

    Alex, are you sure you translated this properly?:)

    Oh and thanks for making me think hard this early, now I got a headache…..