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                      A man who raised sheep once noticed there was a hole in the walls of his sheepfold. But he neglected to repair it. A few days later, several sheep were missing. His friend advised him: "It is not too late to mend the sheepfold."

                      "Wang Yang Bu Lao" or "Mending the sheepfold after the sheep have been stolen" advises us that even though we have suffer a loss, it is never too late to take steps to prevent further losses.
                       

                       

                      戰國時代,楚國有一個大臣,名叫莊辛,有一天對楚襄王說:“你在宮里面的時候,左邊是州侯,右邊是夏侯;出去的時候,鄢陵君和壽跟君又總是隨看你。你和這四個人專門講究奢侈淫樂,不管國家大事,郢(楚都,在今湖北省江陵縣北)一定要危險啦!”

                       

                      襄王聽了,很不高與,氣罵道:“你老糊涂了嗎?故意說這些險惡的話惑亂人心嗎?”
                      莊辛不慌不忙的回答說:“我實在感覺事情一定要到這個地步的,不敢故意說楚國有什么不幸。如果你一直寵信這個人,楚國一定要滅亡的。你既然不信我的話,請允許我到趙國躲一躲,看事情究竟會怎樣。”

                      莊辛到趙國才住了五個月,秦國果然派兵侵楚,襄王被迫流亡到陽城(今河南息縣西北)。這才覺得莊辛的話不錯,趕緊派人把莊辛找回來,問他有什么辦法;莊辛很誠懇地說:“我聽說過,看見兔子牙想起獵犬,這還不晚;羊跑掉了才補羊圈,也還不遲。……”

                      是一則很有意義的故事,只知道享樂,不知道如何做事,其結果必然是遭到悲慘的失敗無疑。

                      “亡羊補牢”這句成語,便是根據上面約兩句話而來的,表達處理事情發生錯誤以后,如果趕緊去挽救,還不為遲的意思。例如一個事業家,因估計事情的發展犯了錯誤,輕舉冒進,陷入失敗的境地。但他并不氣餒,耐心地將事情再想了一遍,從這次的錯誤中吸取教訓,認為“亡羊補牢”,從頭做起,還不算晚呢!

                      亡羊補牢 (wáng yáng bǔ láo)
                      【翻譯】It is not too late to mend the fold even after some sheep have been lost.
                      【釋義】羊逃跑了再去修補羊圈,還不算晚。比喻出了問題以后想辦法補救,可以防止繼續受損            失。
                      【例句】既然小偷已經來過了,就注意防盜吧,亡羊補牢總不會錯。
                      【近義詞】知錯就改

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