Epigraph: san jen ch'eng hu Three persons make a tiger (Fiction repeated often enough will be taken for fact. Han Fei Tzu asked the King of Wei, 'Suppose someone should tell you that a tiger was prowling in the market, would you believe him? King Wei answered, 'No, certainly not.' 'And if a second person should come and tell you the same thing?' The reply was, 'Then I would still be sceptical.' 'If a third person should confirm this?' 'Then I would be inclined to believe it,' said the King.)
A white stork in the clouds cannot be trapped by a net spread for sparrows. Chinese proverb.
tzu fei yu an chih le
You not being a fish yourself, how can you tell that the fish is happy?
(A conversation in Chuang Tzu runs thus: Wei Tzu said to Chuang Tzu, 'You not being a fish yourself, how can you tell that the fish is happy?' Chuang Tzu replied, 'You not being I, how do you know that I do not know that the fish is happy?')