Chinese Culture

Chinese Idioms: Use One’s Spear Against One’s Own Shield (自相矛盾)

The merchant’s boast of having the most durable shield and the most effective shield-piercing spear was such a contradiction that it made people laugh. (Zona Yeh/Epoch Times
The merchant’s boast of having the most durable shield and the most effective shield-piercing spear was such a contradiction that it made people laugh. (Zona Yeh/Epoch Times

During the Warring States period (475–221 B.C.), there was a weapons merchant in the state of Chu who specialized in selling spears and shields. One...




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