"But whence is man to get his body," asked Hui Tzŭ, "if there is to be no adding to the sum of mortality?"
- This is of course a gibe. Hui Tzŭ purposely takes Chuang Tzŭ's words à double entente.
"Tao gives him his expression," said Chuang Tzŭ, "and God gives him his form. He does not permit good and evil to disturb his internal economy. But now you are devoting your intelligence to externals, and wearing out your mental powers. You prop yourself against a tree and mutter, or lean over a table with half-closed eyes.
God has made you a shapely sight,
Yet your only thought is the hard and white."
- Chang Tzŭ puts his last sentence into doggerel, the more effectively to turn the tables against Hui Tzŭ, whose paradoxical theories he is never tired of ridiculing. See ch. ii.