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Is such glorious fate more enviable than just eating white rice (or bread )at public expense without doing anything: 尸位素餐 shi1 wei4 su4 can1 ? ( Nowadays, according to the laws of productivity, profit/work is infinite if work = 0 , so is highly praised by economists...)

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yeah, I was wondering about that, 诗经, after all clearly says 之死矢靡慝。According to my 《中国成语大辞典》上海辞书出版社 (1986), though, the proverb goes 之死靡它 and as 慝 (also according to my 辞典) would be a dead-end again ...

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I've checked in the 诗经 again, and in my edddition, there are two poems under the same name. The other and first one says:

汎彼柏舟,

在彼中河

髧彼两髦,

实维我儀

之死矢靡它

母也天只,

不谅人只。

《诗经 鄘风 柏舟》

The second is identical to the one you cited.

But either way, it's a dead end, because I don't know what idiom can begin with 它...

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it is and it isn't a dead end, my 辞典 says: "他山之石" 见 "它山之石"

诗经 彤弓之什 鹤鸣

鹤鸣于九皋,

声闻于野。

鱼潜在渊,

或在于渚。

乐彼之园,

爰有树檀,

其下维萚。

他山之石,

可以为错。

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(Is your 辞典 the 易经 :D ? )

You're right: the 辞源 says, "它" is an old form of "他". We're now shifting to the Litterature/History sections... :roll:

Never mind, let's go on, after using you're stone (石) to mend my own dictionary, that great weight being lifted off my mind : 石头落地 shi2 tou2 luo4 di4

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