Chinese Idiom Stories (Volume 1): Stories from Chinese history, philosophy, culture and art of war that can give you wisdom for your business, your career, your relationship, your parenting and your life! [NOOK Book]

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Chinese Idiom Stories Book One: Stories from Chinese history, philosophy, culture and art of war that can help your business, your career, your parenting and your life!

Table of Contents
A Warning Taken From The Overturned Cart Ahead
Aping a Beauty
Do Not Burn Your House To Get Rid of A Mouse
Plugging One's Ears While Stealing a Bell
One Cannot Capture The Tiger's Cub Unless He Enters The Tiger's Den
Destroy Fu And Sink Boats
A Foolish Man Buys Shoes
A Wily Hare Has Three Burrows
Mark the Boat for a Dropped Sword
Plucking Up a Crop To Help It Grow
Practice Makes Perfect
High Mountains And Flowing River
In The Melon Patch and Under The Plum Tree
To Mend the Fold After Losing Sheep
Play The Qin To A Buffalo
Beating The Grass To Frighten The Snake

A Warning Taken From The Overturned Cart Ahead

During the Western Han dynasty, there lived in Loyang a man named Jia Yi. Jia Yi was very knowledgeable , and even the emperor engaged him as a teacher. One day, he was teaching the emperor about the proper way to govern a country. He said, "During the Ch'in dynasty, there was an evil minister named Jau Gau, who was the teacher of Hu Hai, the emperor's second son. He ofter taught Hu Hai how to destroy one's political opponents, and often talked of how to execute prisoners."

"After his father's death, Hu Hai became emperor. On the second day of his reign, he began to kill people, and would not listen to those who tried to give him advice. In reality, Hu Hai was not a bad person, but in the end, he was overthrown."

Jia Yi continued, "Knowing the mistake made by our elders, we should be careful not to make the same ones ourselves. It's the same way as if we are out driving and see that the poor road ahead of us has caused a cart to overturn. We should learn from this, and not take the same road."

Thus, "A Warning Taken From the Overturned Cart Ahead" means seeing the mistake that someone else has made, and not making the same mistake ourselves.

Aping a Beauty

Xi Shi, a famous beauty, had a pain in her bosom, so she had a frown on her face when she went out. An ugly girl who lived nearby saw her and thought she looked very beautiful therefore when she went home, she also put her hands on her bosom and had a frown on her face.

When a rich man in the neighborhood saw her, he shut his doors tightly and did not go out. When a poor man saw her, he took his wife and children and gave her a wide berth.

She only knew Xi Shi's frown looked beautiful but she did not know the reason for its beauty.

Do Not Burn Your House To Get Rid of A Mouse

There is a story in "Hanshu" telling of a rich man, who being a lover of s and had a large collection. Among them was a rare vase made of jade. The vase of exquisite workmanship and of historical value and he loved it dearly. One night he noticed a mouse passing near the precious vase. The mouse jumped into the vase and was trying to eat some food which the man had carelessly left there. The sigh infuriated the man and in a fit of rage he threw a stone at the mouse. For sure, the mouse was killed, but the precious vase was broken also. The loss of the vase pained the man greatly and he deeply regretted his own thoughtlessness, which bought him this unrecoverable loss. He now realized that any one, who cares for the present and overlooks consequences is apt to bring disasters upon himself. So he exclaimed to warn people by saying do not burn you house to get rid of a mouse.

Plugging One's Ears While Stealing a Bell

During the Spring and Autumn period, Zhi Bo of the Spring and Autumn period, Zhi Bo of the State of Jin destroyed Fan's family.Taking advantage of this occasion, a man went to Fan's house and tried to steal something.As soon as the man entered the gate, he saw that there hung a big bell in the courtyard.The bell was cast in high-quality bronza, and was beautiful in design and shape.The theif was very glad,and decided to carry this beautiful bell back home.But no matter how hard he tried,he could not move the bell,because the bell was both big and heavy. He thought and thought again, and believed there was only one way to solve the problem.He had to break the bell to pieces before he was able to carry them back to his home separately.

The thief found a big iron hammer, with which he struck the bell with all his might.The striking produced an enormous crashing sound, which might.The striking produced an enormous crashing sound, which made the thief terribly frightened.The thief got flurried,thinking that it was too bad to have produced the crashing sound which would himself on the bell, trying to muffle the crashing sound with his arms. But how could the crashing sound of the bell be muffled?

TO BE CONTINUED... Buy now and enjoy all the stories!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013541177
  • Publisher: eBook4Life
  • Publication date: 11/24/2011
  • Series: Chinese Idiom Stories , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 21 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Just 10 pages

    Read this in store on my nook. Just 15 short stories spanning 10 short pages. They don't even use proper pinyin fir Chinese names!

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