愚公移山 (How Yu Gong Moved Away Two High Mountains)
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    There were two high mountains between Jizhou in the south and Heyang in the north. One was called Taihang Mountain and the other Wangwu Mountain. Both of the mountains were very high. Just to the north of the mountains lived an old man called Yu Gong who was nearly 90 years old. With the two high mountains just in front of his house, his family and he had to walk a long way around the mountains whenever they had something to do on the other side of the mountains.

  One day, Yu Gong called all his family together to talk about how to move the two mountains to other places. His wife said, "An old man like you cannot even move a small hill, not to mention the two high mountains. Even if you can, where can you throw so much earth and stone?"

  "The Bohai Sea is big enough to contain all the earth and stone," Yu Gong said. So it was decided. His children started to dig the mountains, led by the old man Yu Gong.

  A man named Zhi Sou saw them working and tried to stop them, saying, "You are so silly! You're so old and weak that you can't even take away the grass and trees. How can you move the high mountains?"

  "You're wrong," Yu Gong said with a sigh. "Look, my sons can continue my work after my death. When my sons die, my grandchildren will continue. So generations after generations, there's no end. But the mountains can't grow higher. Do you still say I can't move them away?"

  Later the Heaven God, upon learning of Yu Gong's story, was greatly moved. He then ordered another god to come down and take the two high mountains away.

  The story tells us that so long as one is determined and sticks to it long enough, anything can be done, no matter how difficult it is.

  在冀州的南面,河阳的北面,有两座巍峨的大山,一座是太行,一座是王屋,方圆七百里,有万丈高。

  山的北边住着年近90的愚公。由于家门被山挡住,每次外出全家人都要绕过大山,多走很多路。

  一天,愚公把全家人召集到一起,商量着把两座大山移走。妻子说:“凭你的力量,连一座小山丘也移不走,何况这两座大山呢?再说,你就是能移走,那土石往哪里放呢?”愚公说:“渤海那么大,可以把土石扔到渤海里去。”

  说干就干,愚公带领子孙们挖起山来。河曲的智叟看见了,笑着阻止道:“你真是太傻了!以你的残年余力,连山上的一根草都动不了,更何况大山?”愚公叹了口气说:“你错了。你想想,我死了以后还有我的儿子,我的儿子又有儿子,子子孙孙没有穷尽!可是山上的土石不会增加,还怕挖不走吗?”

  愚公移山的事很快被玉皇大帝知道了。玉帝被愚公坚韧不拔的精神所感动,便派大力神把两座大山背走了。

  这个故事告诉我们:只要有决心,有毅力,再难的事情也能办成。

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