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How Yu Gong Moved Away Two High Mountains

太行、王屋二山,方七百里,高万仞。本在冀州之南,河阳之北。北山愚公者,年且九十,面山而居。惩山北之塞,出入之迂也,聚室而谋曰:吾与汝毕力平险,指通豫南,达于汉阴,可乎?杂然相许。其妻献疑曰:以君之力,曾不能损魁父之丘,如太行王屋何?且焉置土石?杂曰:投诸渤海之尾,隐土之北。遂率子孙荷担者三夫,叩石垦壤,箕畚运于渤海之尾。邻人京城氏之孀妻,有遗男,始龀,跳往助之。寒暑易节,始一反焉。河曲智叟,笑而止之,曰:甚矣,汝之不惠。以残年余力,曾不能毁山之一毛,其如土石何?北山愚公长息曰:汝心之固,固不可彻,曾不若孀妻弱子。虽我之死,有子存焉;子又生孙,孙又生子;子又有子,子又有孙。子子孙孙,无穷匮也,而山不加增,何苦而不平?河曲智叟亡以应。操蛇之神闻之,惧其不已也,告之于帝。帝感其诚,命夸蛾氏二子负二山,一厝朔东,一厝雍南。自此,冀之南,汉之阴,无陇断焉。

There were two high mountains between Jizhou in the south and Heyang in the north. One was called Taihang Mountain and the other Wangwu Mountain. Both of the mountains were more than three hundred kilometers around and rose as high as 3,000 meters.
Just to the north of the mountains lived an old man called Yu Gong who was nearly ninety years old. With the two high mountains just in front of his house, his family and he had to walk a long way around the mountains when they had something to do on the other side of the mountains.
One day, Yu Gong called all his family together to talk about how to move the two mountains to other places. His wife said, "An old man like you cannot even move a small hill, not to mention the two high mountains. Even if you can, where can you throw so much earth and stone?"
"The Bohai Sea is big enough to contain all the earth and stone." Yu Gong said.
It was decided. His children started to dig the mountains, led by the old man Yu Gong.
A man named Zhi Sou saw them working and tried to stop them with a smile, "You are so silly! You're so old and weak that you can't even take away the grass and trees. How can you move the high mountains?"
"You're wrong." Yu Gong said with a sigh. "Look, my sons can continue my work after my death. When my sons die, my grandchildren will continue. So generation after generation, there's no end. But the mountains can't grow higher. Don't you think I can move them away?"
Seeing the old man so confident, Zhi Sou was tongue-tied.
Later the Heaven God was reported the story of Yu Gong, and greatly moved by the old man's determination. He then ordered another god to come down and take the two high mountains away. The story tells us that so long as one is determined and sticks to it long enough, anything can be done, no matter how difficult it is.
 
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