庄生晓梦 · 笔记本 Notebook: Dreaming of Butterflies

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    昔者庄周梦为胡蝶
    栩栩然胡蝶也
    自喻适志与
    不知周也
    俄然觉
    则蘧蘧然周也

    不知周之梦为胡蝶与
    胡蝶之梦为周与
    周与胡蝶
    则必有分矣

    此之谓物化

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    Once, Zhuang Zhou dreamed he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering about, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know that he was Zhuang Zhou. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuang Zhou. But he didn't know if he was Zhuang Zhou who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming that he was Zhuang Zhou. Between Zhuang Zhou and the butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things.

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    设计素材来源:《十竹斋笺谱》