Chinese Idiom Stories

Single-hearted Devotion

Yi Qiu was known as the most famous expert at chess throughout the land. Once he gave lessons on chess to two men. One of them was completely absorbed in his teaching, listening attentively to Yi Qiu while the other, who seemed to be listening, had his mind on something else. In fact, he was having a fancy that a swan was flying towards him and he had in his hands a bow and an arrow, ready to shoot. As a result, though he was having the same lesson together with the first man, yet he turned out a much inferior pupil.

If one does not give single-hearted devotion to it, no skills will be learned.


奕秋是全國最有名的棋手。有一次,他教兩個人下棋。一個認真的聽課,完全沉浸於其中。 另一個儘管看上去也在聽課,其實在想其他的事情。他幻想有隻天鵝正朝他飛來,而他拿著弓和箭準備把它射下來。所以,雖然他和另一個人上的是同樣的課,他學得可差多了。不專心致志的學習,什麼技能都學不會。

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