The fish trap exists because of the fish;
once you’ve gotten the fish, you can forget the trap.
The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit;
once you’ve gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare.
Words exist because of meaning;
once you’ve gotten the meaning, you can forget the words.
Where can I find a man who has forgotten words
so I can have a word with him?¹
Wm. Theodore de Bary et al. (Eds.): External Things in: Zhuangzi, Basic Writings (Columbia Univ. Press, New York, 2003) p. 141.
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