Taoist Writers of the 1700s

This is my attempt to paraphrase some modern appearing quotes from Taoist writings of a couple of hundred years ago. When I was looking at my Taoist source material I thought it was usable and wise. I also found much of those writings witty an accessible. Also I felt I was reading material written by philosophers who laughed with me.  As I reviewed the “quotes” below from Taoist writings of the 1700s I found that they did not really reflect my feelings as I read them. Still, I hope you will find them accessible and of some use to you. The do seem modern, don’t they?

  • No regrets.
  • Easy does it.
  • Accept the reality of the available freedom.
  • Attend to your energy reserve,
  • Ste your burden down and enjoy the water.
  • The door is not locked.
  • Peacefully rejoice in reality.
  • Know the joyful security of wandering where there is no path.
  • Enjoy your wit and romantic adventures.
  • Is it really so?
  • Great knowledge and long life.
  • How do you know that it is so?
  • Be little moved by praise and blame.
  • Discriminate.
  • Be clear about the nature of honor and disgrace.
  • Small self, little vanity.
  • Know the rule without ruling.
  • know you.
  • Be willing to know the quality of your perception.
  • Let go of the clutter and the trivia.
  • Nothing is useless.
  • All is useful.
  • As you smell the rose, hear the music.
  • As you speak, be aware of how little you know.
  • Nothing depends on your point of view.
  • Your opinion is changing this instant.
  • Let them be.
  • How can we understand it all in one day.
  • Clarify your understanding.
  • Embrace reality.


by Richard Sheehan

for Mago Bill

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