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玩火自焚 (wán huǒ zì fén)

altDuring the Spring and Autumn Period (春秋 chūn qiū,770-476 BC), Zhou Xu (zhōu xū 州吁), the prince of the State of Wei (wèi guó 卫国) murdered his brother cruelly, himself then became the new emperor.

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一技之长 (yī jì zhī cháng)

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Gong sun Long (gōng sūn lóng 公孙龙), a famous scholar lived in the State of Zhao (zhào guó 赵国) during the Warring States Period (zhàn guó 战国,475――221BC), had a habit of maintaining a great number of skilled people around him. He often said, "A wise man should welcome anyone with a specialty."

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买椟还珠(mǎi dú huán zhū)

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A man from the state of Chu (chǔ guó 楚国) wanted to sell a precious pearl in the state of Zheng (zhèng guó 郑国) . He made a casket for the pearl out of the wood from a magnolia tree, which he fumigated with spices.

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大义灭亲 (dà yì miè qīn)

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During the Spring and Autumn Period (春秋 chūn qiū,770-476 BC), there was many dukedoms under the king of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (dōng zhōu 东周). These dukedoms often fought one another to expand their territories.

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乐极生悲 (lè jí shēng bēi)

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Chunyu Kun (chún yú kūn 淳于髡) lived in the state of Qi (qí guó 齐国) during the Warring States Period (zhàn guó,475-221 BC). He was wise, humorous and eloquent. He skillfully advised the king on many occasions and successfully went to many states as an envoy.

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