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Type: Philosopher
Nationality: Chinese
Date of Birth: 369 BC
Date of Death: 286 BC


 

Chuang Tzu Quotes > Heaven is like an egg, and...

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Heaven is like an egg, and the earth is like the yolk of the egg.
Chuang Tzu

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