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饮鸠止渴yǐn jiū zhǐ kě To take reckless action regardless of the consequences 饮水思源yǐn shuǐ sī yuán Do not forget the source of your good fortune (particularly parents)
Occasionally in Chinese history a man of humble origins has risen to overthrow a dynasty and found his own. The most dramatic example of this is Zhu Yuanzhang who overthrew the Yuan dynasty to become Emperor Hongwu洪武帝 founder of the Ming dynasty. His family were poor peasants and after living as a novice in a Buddhist monastery he joined the Red Turban rebels. He quickly rose to be leader and gained wide support against the Mongol rulers. Read More
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