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大器晚成【dà qì wǎn chéng】

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A man called Cui Lin was looked down upon by his relatives in his youth because he had neither fames nor achievements, but his cousin Cui Yan often told people, “It takes a long time for a great man to show his talents, and Cui Lin must belong to this kind.” Later, Cui Lin became an important official and served Cao Pi*. 


: Talents and wisdom. 

Cao Pi: Courtesy name Zihuan, was the first emperor of the state of Cao Wei in the Three Kingdoms period of China.

[Definition] The best fruits are slowest in ripening. 

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

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