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                畫餅充饑 (huà bǐng chōng jī )
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                altIn the Three Kingdoms Period (sān guó 三國時代,220-280AD), the king of the state of Wei (wèi guó 魏國), Cao Rui (cáo ruì 曹睿), wanted to select a very capable man to work for him. He said to his ministers: "When choosing a talented person, always beware of one with a false reputation. A false reputation is just like a picture of a cake; it can' t relieve hunger."

                Later, this idiom came to be used to mean comforting oneself with unrealistic thoughts, without solving practical problems.

                三國時代魏國的皇帝曹睿,準備選拔一個有才能的人到朝廷來做官。曹睿對他的大臣說:“選擇人才,不能光找有虛名的人。虛名好像是在地上畫的一塊餅,只能看,不能解決肚子饑餓的問題??!” 后來人們就用“畫餅充饑”這個成語比喻用空想安慰自己,不能解決實際問題。

                畫餅充饑(huà bǐng chōng jī )
                【翻譯】Allaying Hunger with Pictures of Cakes.


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