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Looking for a Historical Quote

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I once read an introductionary book on Taoism, whose title I have unfortunately forgotten. It contains a quote of an ancient Chinese emperor's description of a Taoist. This quote is very dear to me, but I can alas not remember its literal content nor historical context (who precisely said it and when). I'd like to describe the quote here; I hope the community will be able to help me identify it.


Description: A certain Chinese emperor describes a Taoist; he wanders all alone with only his beggar's bowl, he does not speak, safe but with a highly accomplished master in order to help him increase his cultivation of the Tao.


Thank you,



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