A wolf had been badly wounded by dogs. He lay sick and maimed in his lair.
He felt very hungry and thirsty. When a sheep passed by, he asked him to fetch some water from the stream.
"If you bring me the water," he said, "I will find means to get some food."
"Yes," said the sheep, "if I bring you the water, you would undoubtedly make me your food."
狼和羊
●狼被狗所咬,伤势很严重,痛苦地躺在巢穴里,不能外出觅食。
●他感到又饿又渴,这时,他看见一只羊,便请求他到附近的小河里为他取一点水来。
●“你给我一点水解渴”,他说,“我就能自己去寻找食物了。”
●“是呀”,羊回答说,“如果我给你送水喝,那么我就会成为你的食物。”
寓意: 谎言是经不起推敲的,它很容易被人们识破。

Giving the Seeding a Hand
Long long ago, in ancient China, there lived a farmer .He was worried about his seeding growing too slowly .
One day ,he went to the farmland and pulled up the seeding one by one .When he returned home ,he was very exhausted."I am tired out today,”he said to his family ,"I helped the seeding to grow."
His son was surprised . He hurried to the fields to see what had happened .It turned out that all the seeding had shriveled up.
拔苗助长
从前,有一个农民总是担心自己种的秧苗长得太慢。
一天,他到田里把秧苗一个一个地拔了起来,当他回到家时,十分兴奋,“我今天很累,”他对家人说到,“我再帮秧苗长大。”
他的儿子很奇怪就跑去田里看到地发生了什么。一看所有的秧苗都枯萎了。
画蛇添足
Once upon a time,there was a nobleman who gave some wine to his servants.The wine was not enough for all.The servants finally decided whoever first finished drawing a snake on the ground would get the cup of wine.One of the servants finished drawing first.He took up the cup, and was about to drink the wine,when he thought of adding feet to the snake.He went on drawing.Then another servant finished drawing his snake.He snatched the wine cup and drank up the wine,saying.“It is I who first finished drawing the snake.What you have drawn is not a snake.A snake doesn't have feet.”
On a vacation trip, Duke Huan of the state of Qi came to the ruin of the capital of Guo Shi , which perished long ago.
Seeing the desolate and bleak prospects of broken tiles, collapsed walls, and clusters of weeds, he could not help asking the local people about the reason of the ruin of Guo Shi.
They replied,"Guo Shi was fond of doing good deeds, and averse to evildoing, which led to the perdition."
When the Duke could not understand the answer, people explained ," Though he liked doing good, he had never been able to do so; though he hated evildoing, never could he help not participating. That caused the ruin of his capital."
郭氏之墟
齐桓公出游途中,来到已经灭亡许久的郭氏都城的废墟。
看到瓦砾残垣、杂草丛生的萧条景象,忍不住问当地百姓郭氏灭亡的原因。
百姓们回答说:"郭氏由于喜爱善行善事。厌恶邪恶丑行而导致灭亡。"
齐桓公不能理解这种回答,百姓们便解释说:"郭氏虽然喜爱善行善事,但从来都不能做到;尽管厌恶邪恶丑行,却总是忍不住参与其中。这就是他的都城变成废墟的原因。"
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A mouse once took a bite out of a bull's tail as he lay dozing. The bull jumped up in a rage and, with his head low to the ground, chased the mouse right across the yard. The mouse was too quick for him, however, and slipped easily into a hole in the wall.
The bull charged the wall furiously again and again, but although he bruised his head and chipped his horns, the mouse stayed safely inside his hole. After a time the bull gave up and sank down to rest again.
As soon as the bull was asleep, the little mouse crept to the mouth of the hole, pattered across the yard, bit the bull again -- this time on the nose -- and rushed back to safety. As the bull roared helplessly the mouse squeaked:
"It's not always the big people who come off best. Sometimes the small ones win, you know."
老鼠和公牛
有一次,公牛躺着打盹,一只老鼠咬了他的尾巴。公牛怒气冲冲地跳起来,低着头追老鼠,一直追过院子。然而,老鼠跑得比他快多了,从容地钻到墙洞里去了。
公牛一次又一次地猛撞墙壁,尽管头撞肿了,角撞裂了,老鼠却安然待在洞里。过了一会儿,公牛不撞了,倒下歇着。
公牛刚睡着,小老鼠就爬到洞口,嗒嗒地跑过院子,又咬了公牛一口 ?? 这回咬了鼻子 ?? 又跑回安全的地方去。当公牛毫无办法地吼叫时,老鼠吱吱叫道:
"大人物并不总占上风。有时小人物也会取胜。"
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A boy was playing in the fields when he was stung by a nettle . He ran home to tell his mother what had happened.
"I only touched it lightly," he said, "and the nasty thing stung me."
"It stung you because you only touched it lightly," his mother told him." Next time you touch a nettle grasp it as tightly as you can. Then it won't sting you at all."
Face danger boldly.
男孩和荨麻
有个男孩子在地里玩耍,被荨麻刺痛了。他跑回家去,告诉妈妈出了什么事。
"我不过轻轻地碰了它一下,"他说,"那讨厌的东西就把我刺痛了。"
"你只轻轻地碰了它一下,所以它才刺痛你,"妈妈对他说,"下一回你再碰到荨麻,就尽量紧紧地抓住它。那它就根本不会刺痛你了。"
要敢于面对危险。
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A man once bought a brilliantly-coloured parrot. Instead of locking it up in a cage or chaining it to a perch, he allowed it to fly free all over the house. The parrot was delighted at this and flapped from room to room, shrieking and screaming with happiness. At last he settled on the edge of a rich curtain.
"Who on earth are you ?" said a cross voice from below. "Stop that terrible noise at once."
The parrot saw a cat staring up at him from the carpet.
"I 'm a parrot. I 've just arrived and I 'm to make as much noise as I can," he said.
"Well, I 've lived here all my life," replied the cat ."I was born in this very house and I learned from my mother that it is best to keep quiet here."
"Keep quiet then, "said the parrot cheerfully. "I don't know what you do around here, but I know my job. My master bought me for my voice and I'm going to make sure he hears it."
Different people are valued for different things.
鹦鹉和猫
从前,有人买了一只毛色鲜艳的鹦鹉。他没有把鹦鹉关在笼子里,也没有用链条把他拴在栖木上,而让他在家里自由自在地飞来飞去。鹦鹉对此非常高兴,扑动翅膀,从一间屋子飞到另一间屋子,愉快地尖声叫着,最后停在华丽的帷幔的边上。
"你到底是谁?"从下面传来怒气冲冲的说话声,"马上住嘴,别发出那难听的声音。"
鹦鹉看见地毯上有一只猫抬头看着他。
"我是鹦鹉。 我刚到,我要使劲地吵吵。"他说。 "那你就一声不响吧,"鹦鹉欢快地说,"我不知道你在这儿干什么,可我知道我的活儿。主人为了我的声音才买我,我一定得让他听到。"
不同的人因有不同的特点而受重视。
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A man once had four sons who never stopped quarrelling with one another. He was always telling them how much easier life would be if they worked together but they took absolutely no notice of him. One day he decided to show them what he meant.
He called all the sons together and put a tightly tied bundle of sticks on the floor in front of them.
"Can you break that ? " he asked the youngest son. The boy put his knee on the bundle but though he pressed and pulled with his arms he could not bend the wood. The father asked each son in turn to try to break the bundle, but none of them could do it .
Then he untied the string and scattered the sticks.
" Now try, " he said . The boys broke the sticks easily in their hands.
"Do you see what I mean ?" asked the father. "if only you stand together no one can hurt you . If you all disagree the whole time and insist on going your separate ways, the first enemy you meet will be able to destroy you. "
United we stand ; divided we fall.
一捆树枝
从前有一个人,他有四个儿子。儿子们不断地争吵。他一再告诫他们说,如果他们一起干活儿,生活会舒适得多,但他们丝毫不理会他的意见。有一天,他决定通过示范把自己的意思告诉他们。
他把四个儿子都叫来,又把一捆扎得很紧的细树枝放在他们面前的地上。
"你能折断这个吗?"他问最小的儿子。小伙子用膝盖顶住,两只手又压又拉,都不能把那捆树枝弄弯。父亲让别的儿子挨个儿试试,看他们是否能把那捆树枝折断,但谁也做不到。
然后,他解开绳子,把树枝撒开。
"试试吧。"他说。四个小伙子用手轻轻一撅,树枝就断了。
"你们明白我的意思了吗?"父亲问,"只要你们联合起来,谁也不能伤害你们。如果你们老吵架,一定要各行其是,那么你们一遇到敌人,就会被打败。"
合则存,分则败。
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A wolf once met a donkey on the road outside the village.
"I 'm going to eat you up, "said the wolf .
"Certainly, " replied the donkey, thinking fast. "But please don't eat me out here on the road where everyone can see. I shall be so ashamed . Take me into the forest. Don't be afraid that I shall try to escape. Here, tie this rope round your neck and fasten it to my bridle. Then I will lead you to a quiet spot I know."
The wolf thought this was a good idea so he fastened the rope round his neck and knotted it firmly to the donkey's bridle.
"Now I will go wherever you say, " said the donkey.
"Show me the way to your quiet spot , " ordered the wolf.
"Very well," said the donkey, setting off down the road towards the village. As they came to the first houses the wolf began to suspect that he had been tricked.
"This is not the way to the forest, " he said, tugging at his end of the rope. "This road goes to the village."
"Don't worry," said the donkey cheerfully , "This is a short cut. "
The donkey began to trot faster , then to gallop. The rope round the wolf's neck drew tight; in a very short time he was dragged right up to the donkey's door.
The master, his wife and their three sons all came running out to rescue the donkey . They were so angry that they would have killed the wolf there and then. Fortunately for the wolf , however , one of the sons threw a knife at him. The knife missed , but it cut the rope round his neck. The next moment all the family could see was a cloud of dust in the road as the wolf fled to safety in the dark forest.
If you keep your head you will be all right.
狼和驴
有一回,狼在村外的路上碰见驴。
"我要把你吃掉。"狼说。
"当然可以,"驴灵机一动,回答说,"但请不要在这条路上吃,人人都会看见的, 我会感到难为情。把我带到森林里去吧。别担心我们会逃跑。喏, 把这根绳子一头饶在你脖子上,一头拴在我的缰绳上,然后我把你带到一个我熟悉的安静的地方去。"
狼认为这是个好主意,于是把绳子饶在脖子上,把另一头牢牢系在驴缰绳上。
"现在你说到什么地方去,我就到什么地方去。"驴说。
"带我到你说的那个安静的地方去。"狼吩咐道。
"很好。"驴说着,就沿通向村子的路走去。他们来到头几所房子附近时,狼怀疑自己受骗上当了。
"这不是到森林去的路,"他使劲拉绳子的一头说, "这条路是到村子里去的。"
"别着急,"驴高兴地说, "这是一条近路。" 驴加快了步子,接着跑起来。套在狼脖子上的绳子抽紧了;一会儿功夫,就把狼拉到驴的家门口。
驴的主人、主人的妻子和三个儿子都跑出来救驴。他们非常生气,要立即就地把狼打死。不过,狼很幸运,主人的一个儿子拿刀砍狼,没砍着,却把套在狼脖子上的绳子砍断了。转眼之间,这一家子看到路上尘土飞扬,狼安然逃向黑暗的树林里去了。
保持镇静,就没问题。
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A wild boar was sharpening his tusks against a tree one day when a fox came by.
"What are you doing that for?" asked the fox . "There are no hunters around. Everything looks very peaceful to me ."
"Quite true, "said the boar, "but
 

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