昔者、荘周、夢に胡蝶…

IMAGE: Once Zhuang Zhou dreamed he was a butterfly, a fluttering butterfly. What fun he had, doing as he pleased! He did not know he was Zhou. Suddenly he woke up and found himself to be Zhou. He did not know whether Zhou had dreamed he was a butterfly or a butterfly had dreamed he was Zhou.

昔者(むかし)、荘周、夢に胡蝶と為る。栩栩然(くくぜん)として胡蝶なり。自ら喩しみ(たのしみ)、志に適えるかな。周なるを知らざるなり。俄然として覚むれば(さむれば)、則ち遽遽然(きょきょぜん)として周なり。知らず、周の夢に胡蝶と為れるか、胡蝶の夢に周と為れるか。 - (そうし[そうしゅう]) (紀元前369頃? - 前286頃?): 「斉物論(せいぶつろん)」(胡蝶の夢) ※「遽」は当て字として使用

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Once Zhuang Zhou dreamed he was a butterfly, a fluttering butterfly. What fun he had, doing as he pleased! He did not know he was Zhou. Suddenly he woke up and found himself to be Zhou. He did not know whether Zhou had dreamed he was a butterfly or a butterfly had dreamed he was Zhou. - Zhuangzi [Zhuang Zhou / Chuang Tzu] (c. 369? - c. 286B.C.?) (trans. by Patricia Buckley Ebrey (1947 - ), Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook, The Classical Period)

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