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Arrest the Progress of Carriage (螳臂当车)
07-18-2013, 01:57 PM
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Arrest the Progress of Carriage (螳臂当车)
Do you not know the fate of the praying mantis? It angrily stretches out its arms, to arrest the progress of the carriage, unconscious of its inability for such a task, but showing how much it thinks of its own powers. Be on your guard; be careful. If you cherish a boastful confidence in your own excellence, and place yourself in collision with him, you are likely to incur the fate of the mantis.

Do you not know how those who keep tigers proceed? They do not dare to supply them with living creatures, because of the rage which their killing of them will excite. They do not even dare to give them their food whole, because of the rage which their rending of it will excite. They watch till their hunger is appeased, dealing with them from their knowledge of their natural ferocity. Tigers are different from men, but they fawn on those who feed them, and do so in accordance with their nature. When any of these are killed by them, it is because they have gone against that nature.

汝不知夫螳螂乎?怒其臂以当车辙,不知其不胜任也,是其才之美者也。戒之,慎之,积伐而美者以犯之,几矣!汝不知夫养虎者乎?不敢以生物与之,为其杀之之怒也;不敢以全物与之,为其决之之怒也。时其饥饱,达其怒心。虎之与人异类,而媚养己者,顺也;故其杀者,逆也。
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