"But the kind of swordsmen my father receives," said the crown prince, "all have tousled heads and bristling beards, wear slouching caps tied with plain, coarse tassels, and robes that are cut short behind; they glare fiercely and have difficulty getting out their words. Men like that he is delighted with! Now, Sir, if you should insist upon going to see him in scholarly garb, the whole affair would go completely wrong from the start."Go here to read the introductory post to the chapters of the Book of Chuang Tzu.
"Then allow me to get together the garb of a swordsman," said Chuang Tzu. After three days, he had his swordsman's costume ready and went to call on the crown prince. The crown prince and he then went to see the king. The king, drawing his sword, waited with bare blade in hand. Chuang Tzu entered the door of the hall with unhurried steps, looked at the king but made no bow.
The king said, "Now that you have gotten the crown prince to prepare the way for you, what kind of instruction is it you intend to give me?"
"I have heard that Your Majesty is fond of swords, and so I have come with my sword to present myself before you."
"And what sort of authority does your sword command?" asked the king.
"My sword cuts down one man every ten paces, and for a thousand li it never ceases its flailing!"
The king, greatly pleased, exclaimed, "You must have no rival in the whole world!"
~ Burton Watson translation via Terebess Asia Online ~