Follow us on Facebook to receive important updates Follow us on Twitter to receive important updates Follow us on's microblogging site to receive important updates Follow us on Douban to receive important updates
Chinese Text Project
Simplified Chinese version
Back Forward
Daoism -> Zhuangzi -> Inner Chapters -> Man in the World, Associated with other Men -> 8

孔子When Confucius went to Chu,
楚狂接舆Jie-yu, the madman of Chu, as he was wandering about, passed by his door, and said, '0 Phoenix,
0 Phoenix,
how is your virtue degenerated!
The future is not to be waited for;
the past is not to be sought again!
天下 When good order prevails in the world,
圣人 the sage tries to accomplish all his service;
天下 when disorder prevails,
圣人 he may preserve his life;
at the present time,
it is enough if he simply escape being punished.
Happiness is lighter than a feather,
but no one knows how to support it;
calamity is heavier than the earth,
and yet no one knows how to avoid it.
Give over!
give over approaching men with the lessons of your virtue!
You are in peril! you are in peril,
hurrying on where you have marked out the ground against your advance!
I avoid publicity, I avoid publicity,
that my path may not be injured.
I pursue my course, now going backwards, now crookedly,
!” that my feet may not be hurt.

Enjoy this site? Please help.Site design and content copyright 2006-2021. When quoting or citing information from this site, please link to the corresponding page or to Please note that the use of automatic download software on this site is strictly prohibited, and that users of such software are automatically banned without warning to save bandwidth. 沪ICP备09015720号-3Comments? Suggestions? Please raise them here.