Diane Lin Presser

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Posts tagged ‘lie zi proverbs’

A man had a withered tree. “It’s unlucky to keep a withered tree,” said his neighbor. The first man then felled his tree and his neighbor asked for some of the wood as fuel. “The old man simply wanted some fuel,” thought the owner of the tree indignantly. “That’s why he told me to fell my tree. We are neighbors yet he tricks me in this way. That is too far.”

photo credit to Artist Brasser: http://www.saatchionline.com/art/Painting-Oil-Shelter/20391/1409298/view#

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The was once a man who wanted some gold. One morning he went to the market to purchase some. Arriving at the gold dealer’s stall, he seized a piece of gold and made off. The officer who caught him asked him, “Why did you steal gold infront of so many people?” “When I took the gold,” he answered, “I saw nobody. All I saw was the gold.”

photo credit Artist William Oxer: http://www.saatchionline.com/art/Painting-Acrylic-Temptation/1162/1379867/view

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A man who lost his axe suspected his neighbor’s son of stealing it. When he watched the way the young lad walked – exactly like a thief. He watched the boy’s expressions – it was that of a thief. He watched the way he talked – just like a thief. In short, all his gestures and actions proclaimed him guilty of the theft. But later the man found the axe himself when cleaning. After that when he saw the neighbor’s son, all the lad’s gestures and actions looked quite unlike those of a thief. 

photo credit Artist Asbjorn Lonvig: http://www.saatchionline.com/art/Digital-Drawing-3-Gangsters/4567/1356206/view

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