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The king of Khû and the ruler of Fan were sitting together. After a little while, the attendants of the king said, 'Fan has been destroyed three times.' The ruler of Fan rejoined, 'The destruction of Fan has not been sufficient to destroy what we had that was most deserving to be preserved.' Now, if the destruction of Fan had not been sufficient to destroy that which it had most deserving to be preserved, the preservation of Khû had not been sufficient to preserve that in it most deserving to be preserved. Looking at the matter from this point of view, Fan had not begun to be destroyed, and Khû had not begun to be preserved.

楚王与凡君坐,少焉,楚王左右曰“凡亡”者三。凡君曰:“凡之亡也,不足以丧吾存。夫凡之亡不足以丧吾存,则楚之存不足以存存。由是观之,则凡未始亡而楚未始存也。
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