get on a gravy train
Once upon a time, there was a farmer.One day, while he was working in the fields, he saw ahare run into a tree stump accidentally and die of a broken neck.
The farmer took the hare home and cooked a delicious meal for himself.
That night he thought: "I needn't work so hard. All I have to do is wait every day by the stump to pick up the hare that runs into it."
So from then on he gave up farming, and stood by the tree stump waiting for the hare to come and run into it.
But from then on, he never saw another hare run into the tree stump.
go too far
During the late Zhanguo period, there were seven kingdoms on the mainland of China. Among the seven kingdoms, the Qin kingdom was the most powerful one. The ruler of Qin wanted to conquer the other kingdoms to be the ruler of all.
The Emperor of Qin intended to attack the Qi kingdom by going through the kingdoms of Han and Wei.
But his subordinate Fan Ju said: "The Qi kingdom is still powerful now and far away from our kingdom.
Even if we win the battle, we must guard the land of Qi by passing through the kingdoms of Han and Wei.
What if we slowly expand the amount of land we control from here? So we can firmly control every inch of land we conquer. And in the end we will be the ruler."
The Emperor adopted his suggestion, and won many battles.
Kong Rong gave away bigger pears
In the Eastern Han Dynasty, there was a person called Kong Rong. He was very smart ever since he was a little boy. He had five older brothers and one younger brother.
One day his father bought some pears, picking one of the largest and giving it to Kong Rongdeliberately. But Kong Rong shook his head and picked up the smallest one.
His dad was very curious, and asked: “Why?”
Kong Rong said: “I am younger, so I should eat the smaller pear, and brothers should eat the bigger ones.”
His dad was very glad after hearing his words, but asked further: “What about your younger brother who is younger than you are?”
Kong Rong said: “I am older than him, so I should leave the bigger one to my little brother.”
Later, Kong Rong became a great scholar.