Draw a Snake and Add Feet to It 画蛇添足
Long long ago, several people had a jar of wine among them and all of themwanted to drink it by himself. So they set a rule that every one would draw asnake on the ground and the man who finished first would have the wine. One manfinished his snake very soon and he was about to drink the wine when he saw theothers were still busy drawing, so he decided to draw the feet to the snake.However, before he could finish the feet, another man finished and grabbed thejar from him, saying, "Who has ever seen a snake with feet?" The story of "Drawa snake and add feet to It." tells us going too far is as bad as not going farenough.
古时几个人分一壶酒。他们都想独自喝完那壶酒，所以就定了一个规矩：?a href="//www.xuexila.com/yangsheng/kesou/" target="_blank">咳嗽诘厣匣惶跎撸米羁欤夂凭凸樗Ｓ幸桓鋈撕芸炀桶焉呋昧恕Ｋ蛩愫日夂剖保醇鹑硕蓟乖诿ψ呕?a href="//www.xuexila.com/fanwen/jueding/" target="_blank">决定给蛇再画上几只脚。结果，他的蛇脚还没加完，另一个人已经把蛇画好了。那人一下把酒壶夺了过去，说："有谁见过长脚的蛇?"。这个故事告诉我们这样的道理：做得过分和做得不够都是不对的。
Long ago, there was a big cat in the house. He caught many mice while theywere stealing food.
One day the mice had a meeting to talk about the way to deal with theircommon enemy. Some said this, and some said that.
At last a young mouse got up, and said that he had a good idea.
"We could tie a bell around the neck of the cat. Then when he comes near,we can hear the sound of the bell, and run away."
Everyone approved of this proposal, but an old wise mouse got up and said,"That is all very well, but who will tie the bell to the cat?" The mice lookedat each other, but nobody spoke.
The first year, which end of the 10 apples, nine were taken away, theyreceive one. In this regard, apple anyway, so cut off its own channel, refusedto grow up. The following year, the end of its five apples, four were takenaway, they receive one. "Ha ha, I was given last year by 10%, 20% this year!Doubled." Psychological balance of the apple tree.
However, it can do: continue to grow. For example, the second year, whichend of the 100 fruit, 90 were taken away, they receive 10.
It may well be that it was taken away 99, they receive one. However, Itdoes not matter, it can continue to grow and fruit year end 1000 ... ...
In fact, how much fruit is not the most important. Most importantly, theapple trees grow! Such as apple trees grow into giant trees, when those who havehindered the growth of the power it will be weak to be negligible. Really, donot care too much fruit, growth is most important. 一棵苹果树，终于结果了。
The wolf in sheep''s clothingA wolf wanted to eat the sheep, but he wasafraid of the vigilant shepherd and his dogs.One day the wolf found the skin ofa sheep. He put it on and walked among the sheep. A lamb thought that the wolfwas its mother because his skin looked like hers. So it followed the wolf. Soonafter they had left the dogs, the wolf came at the lamb and ate it up. For sometime he succeeded in deceiving the sheep, and enjoying hearty meals.
A man was going to the house of some rich person. As he went along theroad, he saw a box of good apples at the side of the road. He said, “I do notwant to eat those apples; for the rich man will give me much food; he will giveme very nice food to eat.” Then he took the apples and threw them away into thedust.He went on and came to a river. The river had become very big; so he couldnot go over it. He waited for some time; then he said, “I cannot go to the richman's house today, for I cannot get over the river.” He began to go home. He hadeaten no food that day. He began to want food. He came to the apples, and he wasglad to take them out of the dust and eat them.