Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Zhang Zai, also Chang Tsai

Neo-Confucianist Chinese Moral Philosopher and Cosmologist

"In everything that moves through the universe, I see my own body, and in everything that governs the universe, my own soul."

"Heaven is my Father, the earth my mother, and even a tiny creature such as myself finds an intimate place in their midst. In everything that moves throughout the universe, I see my own body, and in everything that governs the universe, my own soul. All men are my brethren, and all things my companions."

"Wealth and honor, benefits and blessings shall enrich my life; poverty and failures, grief and anxiety shall help fulfill it. In my life, I will serve heaven and earth; in death I will find peace."