One day, an owl flew persistently towards the east till it was completely exhausted, so it stopped in a forest to take a rest.
It happened that a turtledove was also resting there.
Hearing the panting of the owl, it asked: “Where are you going in such a hurry?”
The owl said: “I am moving to the east.”
貓頭鷹說: “我想到東方去住?！?br /> The turtledove asked closely: “Why?”
The owl said: “The people in the west all say my cry is unpleasant and dislike me I cannot stay there any longer.
I must move to a new place.”
The turtledove said: “Can you solve your problem by changing a place?
In my opinion, no matter where you move to, it won’t help.”
The owl felt rather angry at the words of the turtledove, but it still asked in surprise: “Can you forecast the future?”
The turtledove said: “This is very simple.
If you don’t change your cry, the people in the east will dislike you all the same.”
Once, the King of the State of Wu wanted to invade the State of Chu.
The King of Wu warned his ministers: “If anyone should dare to dissuade me from invadingChu again, I will put him to death.”
吳王警告他的大臣們說: “有誰再敢來勸阻我進攻楚國，我就處死他?！?br /> One young hanger-on of his wanted to dissuade him but didn’t dare.
He carried a slingshot, and for three consecutive days paced up and down in the King’s backgarden.
The dew wetted his clothes all through.
One day, the King of Wu called him:”The dew has wetted your clothes to such a state.
Why should you bear such hardship?”
The young man replied: “There is a cicada on a tree in this garden.
The cicada is high above, chirping leisurely and taking in the dew freely, not knowing that amantis is right behind it.
The mantis, pressing its body close in a concealed place, is intent on catching the cicada, notknowing that a siskin is hiding right behind it.
The siskin is stretching out its neck to peck at the mantis, not knowing that a man carrying aslingshot is under it.
These three small creatures make every effort only to get the benefit before them but ignoreentirely the disaster behind.”
Having heard the young man’s words, the King of Wu suddenly saw the light and said: “Whatyou said is right!”
Consequently, the King of Wu dropped his plan to invade the State of Chu.
Tian Rao had served Ai Gong, King of the State of Lu, for many years, but he was neverappointed to any important position.
One day, Tian Rao said to Ai Gong of Lu: “I am going to leave Your Majesty, and fly high and farto distant places like the swan goose.”
有一天，田饒對魯哀公說: “我要離開大王，像鴻雁那樣遠走高飛?！?br /> “What do you mean?” asked Ai Gong.
Tian Rao replied: “Haven’t Your Majesty seen a rooster before?
It has a red cockscomb on its head and looks very elegant.
It has sharp claws on its feet and is of martial bearing.
When facing enemies, it is very brave and vigorous and fights to the bitter end.
When it fords food, it will call its pals to enjoy together, and is very kind.
It keeps watch during the night and crows at dawn, never bungles matters and is very honest.
Though the rooster has these five merits, Your Majesty still order your subordinates to cook itfor food.
Why is that so? Because it is near to Your Majesty.”
Tian Rao paused and then continued: “As to the swan goose, its one flight covers I，000 li.
Sometimes it stops by Your Majesty’s pools, and eats your fish and soft-shelled turtles.
Sometimes it stops in Your Majesty’s fields and pecks your beans and grains.
Though it does not have the merits of the rooster, Your Majesty still regard it highly because itis far away from you.
Therefore, please permit me to fly high and far to distant places like the swan goose.”