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水滴石穿 【shuǐ dī shí chuān】


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Once upon a time, there was an unbribable official. One day, he interrogated a storehouse manager who stole a coin. The manager said, “It’s merely one coin!” He then wrote down a line, “A coin a day, a thousand coins a thousand days; strings can cut the log, constant dripping wears away the stone.” This means if one steals a coin each day, it would be one thousand coins after one thousand days; a string can cut the log if one cuts constantly, and the stone can be pierced if water constantly drips on it. One should always keep in mind that little effort can have a great impact.

 

[Annotation] 水滴石穿: Constant dripping wears away the stone.

[Definition] Persistence can help you achieve a difficult or unlikely object. 

 

*If you are interested in Chinese folk tales or ghosts stories, have a look at: https://chinesestoriesfolktales.quora.com 

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