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 开卷有益【kāi juàn yǒu yì】

Shudan Guan

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Emperor Zhao of the Song Dynasty commanded his men to compile an encyclopaedia called Taiping Yujian, with a total word count of 4.78 million. The emperor decided to read three chapters every day. When the officials suggested the emperor stop reading and take a break, he answered, “All my fatigue disappears as I open and read this book.” 


[Annotation] 开卷: Open the book and read.

[Definition] Reading is beneficial. 



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