iOS Users: Please click here for the latest information: (updated 5.10.2016)
Say It Right Series

Chinese Idioms - 画饼充饥

Posted by vann0000 February 13, 2009 in the Group General Discussion.

Tags: idiom, unrealistic, thought, goal

画饼充饥(huà bǐng chōng jī)

In the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280), the king of the Wei, Cao Rui, 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.

画饼充饥

三国时期,有一个人叫卢毓,在魏国做官,由于他为魏文帝曹丕出了许多好主意,因此,受到朝廷器重,升为侍中、中书郎。

有一次,魏文帝对卢毓说:"国家能不能得到有才能的人,关键就在你了。选拔人才,不要取那些有名声的,名气不过是在地上画一个饼,不能吃的。"

卢毓回答说:"靠名声是不可能衡量才能的人,但是,可以发现一般的人才。由于修养高,行为好,而有名的,是不应该厌恶他们。我以为主要的是对他们进行考核,看他们是否真有才学。现在废除了考试法,全靠名誉提升或降职,所以真伪难辩,虚实混淆。"

魏文帝采纳了卢毓的意见,下令制定考试法。

Comments (1) RSS

loading... Updating ...

To comment, please login.

Not sure if your comment is appropriate? Check our Commenting Policy first.

New lesson idea? Please contact us.