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Favourite Quotes

I've been gathering over the years various quotes from Tai Chi and Qigong books. I had them grouped together on my old website as a separate page. Here they are again, for your viewing pleasure. All the books mentioned here are excellent resource material.


"Tai Chi’s approach of using conscious slow movements is a radical departure from the typical Western approach to fitness, which often focuses on repetitive movements and physical exertion, such as in fitness regimens like running, biking or weight lifting. Further, “success” in the many western sports and athletics is often determined by speed, distance, strength or when competing who “wins”. Tai Chi has a completely different set of markers and guideposts for success such as consciousness within body, proper body alignments and developing the smooth flow of energy. It is about generating peace within your entire being." –Bruce Frantzis: The Insider's Guide to Tai Chi, 2012

"Taiji's ultimate paradox and point of power is its insistence that you maintain yourself on the razor's edge: just enough physical support to achieve the posture - not even four ounces more. You need to stand right on the line between collapsed and tensed. That is the position of ultimate power."Scott Meredith: Juice - Radical Taiji Energetics, 2013

"Many people treat their bodies as if they were rented from Hertz - something they are using to get around in but nothing they genuinely care about understanding."Chungliang Al Huang: Quantum Soup: A Philosophical Entertainment, 1983

“Tai ji does not mean oriental wisdom or something exotic. It is the wisdom of your own senses, your own mind and body together as one process.” –Chungliang Al Huang: Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain, 2011

"Why is it when someone steps on top of a ball they feel as if they want to fall off? It's because there are no flat surfaces on a ball, so the ball rolls the person off. So in boxing (Tai Chi), the jin (power) has to be trained to become a complete sphere with no flat surface, so people roll off into emptiness." –Chen Zhaopi as quoted in The Essence of Taijiquan by David Gaffney & Davidine Siaw-Voon Sim, 2009

"Tai Ji and Qi Gong must be entwined. You may learn them separately, but eventually you must get them entwined, like two fingers locked together." –Gabriel Chin

"In martial arts there is no magic. You reap what you sow."W.C. Chen as quoted in The Making of a Butterfly by Phillip Starr, 2006

"Yes, there are advanced things but they are not very secret. Most people never learn them because they never learn the basics well enough, and when they do learn them, they find out that it's just another way of using the basics."W.C. Chen as quoted in The Making of a Butterfly by Phillip Starr, 2006

"The form is your teacher; listen to it, feel it, explore it. Respect the form, but don't worship it. And beware of falling into the trap where you say to yourself, "Now I know all there is to know about this form."" –Beihai

"If you analyze the creation of the Chinese character for martial art, Wu (武), you'll find it is composed of the character Ge (戈), meaning weapon, aside another character Zhi (止), meaning stop. Then a line is placed on top of the character component 止 to make the Chinese character Zheng (正), meaning righteousness. So, martial arts are meant to stop violence and sanction the use of force to serve righteousness. Even if someone has the capability and weaponry to battle 10 or 100 men, he would not act unnecessarily. Instead he would use gentleness to conquer strength. This is the foundation of martial virtue." –Wude, Martial Ethics video

"Because Qigong sees man as a part of the great scheme of nature and evolution, the animals used in Qigong forms are all mythical or wild animals, not domesticated ones. They represent Nature which is unpredictable and beyond human control. The purpose of the animal forms is to befriend us spontaneously with our 'inner animals' inside the many layers of our psyche and to discover new sides of ourselves. By imitating animal movements we can become aware of our connection to the entire creation. Because the movements differ from those we normally use in our daily lives, the frontal part of the brain first tries to analyse them. Eventually as the movements start to flow freely without conscious effort, control of the frontal lobe begins to loosen. It is then when the animal movements gain access to different parts of the brain and activate their older layers. This enables us to use our full brain capacity." –Helena Hallenberg: Elämän Portti - Qigong-terveysharjoitukset, 2009 (Gate of Life - Qigong Exercises for Health, 2009)

"It is estimated that there are over 2000 different forms and styles of Qigong. In my own research I have discovered that nearly every village has its own form which differs from the form practised in the neighbouring village. Bearing in mind the proportions of China, it is obvious that the number has to be much bigger." –Helena Hallenberg: Elämän Portti - Qigong-terveysharjoitukset, 2009 (Gate of Life - Qigong Exercises for Health, 2009)

"Practicing qigong is so simple and so powerful. You cannot do it wrong. You can only do it good, better, or best!" –Chunyi Lin

"A true person's breath goes down to his heels." –Zhuang Zi

"If you take the whole world in your heart, have a good command of yin and yang, breathe the essential Qi and keep a sound mind quiescently, your muscles will function smoothly and you will live as long as the earth exists." –Familiar Conversation of Nei Jing, The Yellow Emperor's Canon of Internal Medicine

"Resenting people is the Sea of Bitterness. The more you resent people, the more unwell you will feel in your Heart. If the result is not disease, then it is beckoning misfortune. If this is not the Sea of Bitterness, what is it then?"Wang Fengyi: Discourse on Transforming Inner Nature, translated by Johan Hausen & Jonas Todd Akers, 2017

"Your body is your workshop. The external alchemist had his alchemy room, and the internal alchemist has their body. The workshop must be well maintained in order for good results to take place. We should maintain our physical health and well-being to the best of our abilities if we are going to make our 'workshop' an effective place to carry out our work." –Damo Mitchell: Daoist Reflections from Scholar Sage, 2017

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