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You Reap What You Sow!
Guan Yan had angered the King of Qi and had to flee for his life. In despair, he appealed to his trusted aides for help, "Is there anyone who's willing to follow me and seek refuge elsewhere?"
Silence fell over the room. No one uttered a word.
Guan Yan burst into tears. "Aides are easy to acquire but hard to put into service," he sighed.
While he was still sighing, Tian Xu stepped forward and said, "You reap what you sow! When you were stuffing yourself with food, we all went hungry. When your women were wearing silks and satins, we couldn't even afford casual wear."
"A man of your standing should care little about worldly goods. Even now, instead of giving these things to us, you dare ask us offer you our most precious life. Of course nobody will heed you."
Helping The Seedlings Grow
The was once a farmer in the State of Song. Every day he would go to the paddy fields to check on the growth of his seedlings. Because the seedlings were growing very slowly, he became rather worried.
One day, when the farmer was on his way to the fields, a wild idea suddenly flashed through his head. He hurried on his way and jumped into the field.
With great care, he lifted each seedling up a little from the soil. When the day's work was done, he dragged his weary body home, feeling very content.
As soon as he got to the door, he hollered to his wife, "Wife, I'm totally exhausted!"
"What did you do in the fields today?" asked his wife.
"Go to the fields and see for yourself!" replied the man proudly. "I helped the seedlings grow."
On hearing these words, his son ran joyfully to the paddy fields. It was now sunset, and dusk was shrouding the whole earth. From a distance the little boy could see that the seedlings in the paddy fields had all withered and died.
The Fox That Flaunted The Tiger's Terror
The tiger was scouring the forest for prey when he captured the fox. The fox pleaded for his life.
"You can't eat me," he told the tiger. "I am sent by the Emperor of Heavens to be the king of all beasts. If you gobble me up, you are defying His Majesty's will."
The tiger let go of the fox and looked suspiciously at him.
"If you don't believe me, follow me into the forest and see for yourself," continued the fox. "Watch how the animals scamper off at the mere sight of me!"
The tiger thought for a moment, then he followed the fox into the forest. Indeed, as soon as the animals caught sight of them, they all trembled and ran away fearfully
The Frog In The Well
There was once a frog who made his home in a shallow well. One day he met a turtle from the East Sea.
"I'm extremely happy!" the frog told the turtle. "When on the ground, I would leap up and down the railing of the well. When I'm tired, I would rest on the broken bricks."
"Back in the water, I would swim with only my head above the surface. When I walk in the mud, I would bury my feet. I look back at the worms, crabs, and tadpoles who share my well. They can't be as happy as I am."
"The pool of water belongs to me because the well is mine. This is the greatest pleasure!" the frog said proudly. "You should come visit me some time!"
The turtle went with the frog to the shallow well. Lifting his right foot, he tried to enter the well. But it got stuck even before he could extend his left one, so he leisurely retreated.
Rather amused, the turtle said, "I can't tell you how vast the East Sea is, for it is beyond measure. However, flood doesn't increase its depth the least bit, and drought can't make it lose an inch. Its depth does not change with time, nor does it change with the amount of rainfall. This is its greatest pleasure!"
On hearing the turtle, the frog was dumbfounded.Source(s): 《翀仔寓言網》
- Jimmy KaoLv 71 decade ago
Old Man Moves a Mountain
Tatxmg and Wangwu are two mountains with an area of seven hundred li square and rise to a great height of thousands of ren. They were originally situated south of Jizhou and north of Heyang.
North of the mountains lived an old man called Yugong (literally 'foolish old man') who was nearly ninety years old. Since his home faced the two mountains, he was troubled by the fact that they blocked the way of the inhabitants who had to take a roundabout route whenever they went out. He gathered his family together to discuss the matter.
"Let us do everything in our power to flatten these forbidding mountains so that there is a direct route to the south of Yuzhou reaching the southern bank of the Han River. What do you say?" Everyone applauded his suggestion.
His wife voiced her doubts. "You are not strong enough even to remove a small hillock like Kuifu. How can you tackle TaTxmg and Wangwu? And where would you dump the earth and rocks?"
"We can dump it into the edge of the Bo Sea and north of Yintu," said everyone.
Therefore Yugong took with him three sons and grandsons who could carry a load on their shoulders. They broke up rocks and dug up mounds of earth which were transported to the edge of the Bo Sea in baskets. His neighbour, a widow by the name of Jingcheng, had a posthumous son who was just at the age of discarding his silk teeth. This vivacious boy jumped at the chance of giving them a hand. From winter through summer the workers only returned home once.
An old man called Zhisou (literally 'wise old man') who lived in Hequ, near a bend of the Yellow River, was amused and dissuaded Yugong.
"How can you be so foolish? With your advanced years and the little strength that you have left, you cannot even destroy a blade of grass on the mountain, not to speak of its earth and stone."
Yugong from north of the mountains heaved a long sigh. "You are so obstinate that you do not use your reason. Even the widow and her little son do better than you. Though I die, my son lives on. My son produces a grandson and in turn the grandson has a so?of his own. Sons follow sons and grandsons follow sons. My sons and grandsons go on and on without end but the mountains will not grow in size. Then why worry about not being able to flatten them?" Zhisou of Hequ was bereft of speech.
The god of the mountains who held a snake in his hand heard about this and was afraid that Yugong would not stop digging at the mountains. He reported the matter to the king of the gods who was moved by Yugong's sincerity. The king commanded the two sons of Kua'eshi, a god with great strength, to carry away the two mountains on their backs: one was put east of Shuozhou and the other south of Yongzhou. From that time onwards no mountain stood between the south of Jizhou and the southern bank of the Han River.