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手不释卷【shǒu bù shì juàn】

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In the Three States Period, General Lü Meng of State Wu was a master of war and made numerous battle achievements; however, he disliked reading. The King of Wu, Sun Quan, told him, “You should read more military books and historic books since you’re the general of the army.” Lü Meng answered, “I have no time.” Sun Quan said, “The emperor of East Han Dynasty always brings books with him to the battlefield, are you busier than him?” After that, Lü Meng began to study and became more knowledgeable.

[Annotation] 释: Put down. 卷: Book.

[Definition] Refers to someone who studies hard and diligently.



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