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Chuang Tzu Story - Swords Forger (大马之捶钩者)
07-27-2011, 10:33 PM
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Chuang Tzu Story - Swords Forger (大马之捶钩者)
The forger of swords for the Minister of War had reached the age of eighty, and had not lost a hair's-breadth of his ability. The Minister said to him, 'You are indeed skilful, Sir. Have you any method that makes you so?' The man said, 'Your servant has (always) kept to his work. When I was twenty, I was fond of forging swords. I looked at nothing else. I paid no attention to anything but swords. By my constant practice of it, I came to be able to do the work without any thought of what I was doing. By length of time one acquires ability at any art; and how much more one who is ever at work on it! What is there which does not depend on this, and succeed by it?'

大马之捶钩者
大马之捶钩者,年八十矣,而不失豪芒。大马曰:“子巧与!有道与?”曰:“臣有守也。臣之年二十而好捶钩,于物无视也,非钩无察也。”是用之者假不用者也,以长得其用,而况乎无不用者乎!物孰不资焉!
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