Zhuangzi and The Happy Fish: You knew I knew

Chuang Tzŭ and Hui Tzŭ had strolled on to the bridge over the Hao, when the former observed: “See how the minnows are darting about! That is the pleasure of fishes.”

“You not being a fish yourself,” said Hui Tzŭ, “how can you possibly know in what consists the pleasure of fishes?”

“And you not being I,” retorted Chuang Tzŭ, “how can you know that I do not know?”

“If I, not being you, cannot know what you know,” urged Hui Tzŭ, “it follows that you, not being a fish, cannot know in what consists the pleasure of fishes.”

“Let us go back,” said Chuang Tzŭ, “to your original question. You asked me how I knew in what consists the pleasure of fishes. Your very question shows that you knew I knew. I knew it from my own feelings on this bridge.”

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