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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoopoe View Post
    That's Richard Bach, not Lao Tzu. It's noticeably not Lao Tzu's style of writing, and isn't in any of the texts attributed to him.
    If I could "like" this your post and the following one, I'd do that

    It would be a huge surprise for people if they realized how much of that so-called "ancient wisdom" was made up in the last 100-200 years, while original ancient texts were about something completely different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warmheart View Post
    If I could "like" this your post and the following one, I'd do that

    It would be a huge surprise for people if they realized how much of that so-called "ancient wisdom" was made up in the last 100-200 years, while original ancient texts were about something completely different.
    Indeed!!

    To be a bit fair to the quote, I can see how it became incorrectly attributed.

    Zhuang Tzu wrote a lot about accepting death as a facet of the greater theme of accepting change, and Zhuang Tzu is probably most well known for his writings about dreaming about being a butterfly. So a quote about a butterfly and the acceptance of death/change naturally makes one think of Zhuang Tzu.

    And Zhuang Tzu is not all that well known, so from him, the leap to attributing the quote to the better known Taoist sage Lao Tzu is a short one.

    It is, while not Taoist in origin and definitely not typical of the language that a Taoist writer would use, ultimately a very Taoist sentiment even if the phrase is a much more recent, Western creation. It's interesting to see how these sorts of ideas often crop up cross-culturally, at the very least.

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    Quoting myself:

    "No loyalty without first knowing betrayal... No wholeness without first knowing heartbreak... No magic without loss..."

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    "Like a mirror, you see everything but understand nothing."
    - Comic Book Guy, The Simpsons

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    "We are stardust, billion year old carbon
    We are golden, caught in the devils bargain
    And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden"

    -Joni Mitchell

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRjQCvfcXn0
    Last edited by Seraphim; 07-06-2019 at 06:14 PM.

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    “It is not enough to prove something, one also has to seduce or elevate people to it. That is why the man of knowledge should learn how to speak his wisdom: and often in such a way that it sounds like folly!”

    -Nietzsche
    Art is Nature in the flask; Nature is a vial thing.

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    Not really a quote, but two often used expressions... Interesting...

    Heavens no!
    Hell yeah!

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    Iliad V. 339–342[2]

    Blood follow'd, but immortal; ichor pure,
    Such as the blest inhabitants of heav'n
    May bleed, nectareous; for the Gods eat not
    Man's food, nor slake as he with sable wine
    Their thirst, thence bloodless and from death exempt.
    I got used to be the blood of the gods.
    Art is Nature in the flask; Nature is a vial thing.

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